Willem -Alexander now King of The Netherlands
By a simple signature from his mother, Queen Beatrix, under an abdication declaration, Willem-Alexander became King of the Netherlands in the Amsterdam Royal Dam Palace today at approximately 10.35 hr AM local time.
Thereafter the new King will be inaugurated by swearing to be true and loyal to the Dutch Constitution before both Houses (Chambers) of Dutch Parliament.
Thereafter the two houses of Dutch Parliament will swear their loyalty to the King.
Even Big Brother Google blesses the new King and Queen with the above picture, albeit the Alt tag is a bit confusing:
Queensday 2013: Best Whishes to King Willem-Alexander!
Actually there is no Queensday today. It is Abdication and hence Inauguration Day today.
Tooting my own Horn
On my significant other blog I’ve featured 100 chairs in celebration of Inauguration Day.
Today the 2010 Keukenhof open air flower exhibition will be officially opened by Mrs Svetlana Medvedeva, wife of the President of the Russian Federation, in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands.
The theme for the 2010 will be From Russia with Love.
Seven million flower bulbs have been planted in the 32 hectare park to ensure that the 2010 Keukenhof flower exhibition can be experienced in all its glory.
The park will be open to the public from Thursday 18 March up to and including Sunday 16 May 2010. When closing its gate it is expecting 850.00 visitors from all over the world will have admired it.
BTW the best time to visit it is either very early from 8.00 AM or after 3.00 PM when the buses loaded with tourists will have left. It is open till 7.30 PM, but be sure you enter before 6.00 PM when the ticket office closes.
As the Keukenhof is situated half way between Amsterdam and The Hague, you might as well consider to stay in Haagsche Suites:-)