The festivities in Holland have begun! This morning, Queen Beatrix abdicated. It was a simple ceremony, quick and understated, but obviously full of meaning.
First, the actual instrument of abdication was signed. Beatrix plus Willem-Alexander, Máxima, and their three daughters were all present, joined by Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien, Princess Mabel, Princess Margriet, Pieter van Vollenhoven, Princess Irene, and Princess Christina. (Click here to see video, including the full royal cast.)
Máxima was in Natan, which is no surprise, and it included at least one slightly OTT bit - a ginormous bow - which was also no surprise.
After the abdication was complete, Princess Beatrix, King Willem-Alexander, and Queen Máxima headed out to the balcony for a few words from the sovereign (past) and the sovereign (present).
Bea retreated and then the A-team - who were very business-like during the ceremony - came out!
Next up is the inauguration ceremony, but in case you need some sparkle to tide you over until the formality - the first official portrait of the new King and Queen has been released! Willem-Alexander is handsome in white tie, while Máxima repeats a former Prinsjesdag gown and the Mellerio Ruby Tiara.
Photos:NOS screencap/Koninklijk Huis
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