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BY SOLE MALDONADO AYUSO


 

An estimated 25,000 people turned out to watch Queen Beatrix, after 33 years as monarch, hand over the crown to the the new king of the Netherlands.

 

“A few moments ago I stepped out from the throne. I am happy and grateful to introduce you to your new king, King Willem-Alexander.” (Via The Guardian)

 

Forty-six-year-old King Willem-Alexander is the first Dutch king in 120 years. He has a history degree from Leiden University and served in the Dutch Royal Navy from 1985 to 1987. His appointment took place in Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk (New Church). (Via BBC)

 

During his appointment speech, King Willem-Alexander acknowledged his country’s economic recession and high unemployment rates, saying: “I take the throne at a time when many people in the kingdom feel vulnerable and insecure... Vulnerable in their jobs or their health. Insecure about their income or their living environment.” (Via BusinessWeek)

 

Now in its third recession in recent years, the Netherlands has been trying to cut costs by adopting the austerity policies widely practiced throughout Europe. But somehow the monarchy has escaped the cuts.

 

According to the The Wall Street Journal, the monarchy costs the Dutch close to €40 million ($52 million) per year. And although annual surveys show the royal family is strongly supported by more than three quarters of the population, with half also backing trim’s to the monarchy’s budget.

 

Per Dutch tradition, King Willem-Alexander wasn’t officially crowned at the ceremony. Instead, the crown remained on a table next to him. (Via The Telegraph)

 

King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima are expected to lead a more “21st century” monarchy, which apparently means they won’t insist on being called “your majesty.”

Thousands Watch New Dutch King's Coronation

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Apr 30, 2013

Thousands Watch New Dutch King's Coronation

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)


 

BY SOLE MALDONADO AYUSO


 

An estimated 25,000 people turned out to watch Queen Beatrix, after 33 years as monarch, hand over the crown to the the new king of the Netherlands.

 

“A few moments ago I stepped out from the throne. I am happy and grateful to introduce you to your new king, King Willem-Alexander.” (Via The Guardian)

 

Forty-six-year-old King Willem-Alexander is the first Dutch king in 120 years. He has a history degree from Leiden University and served in the Dutch Royal Navy from 1985 to 1987. His appointment took place in Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk (New Church). (Via BBC)

 

During his appointment speech, King Willem-Alexander acknowledged his country’s economic recession and high unemployment rates, saying: “I take the throne at a time when many people in the kingdom feel vulnerable and insecure... Vulnerable in their jobs or their health. Insecure about their income or their living environment.” (Via BusinessWeek)

 

Now in its third recession in recent years, the Netherlands has been trying to cut costs by adopting the austerity policies widely practiced throughout Europe. But somehow the monarchy has escaped the cuts.

 

According to the The Wall Street Journal, the monarchy costs the Dutch close to €40 million ($52 million) per year. And although annual surveys show the royal family is strongly supported by more than three quarters of the population, with half also backing trim’s to the monarchy’s budget.

 

Per Dutch tradition, King Willem-Alexander wasn’t officially crowned at the ceremony. Instead, the crown remained on a table next to him. (Via The Telegraph)

 

King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima are expected to lead a more “21st century” monarchy, which apparently means they won’t insist on being called “your majesty.”

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