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April 28, 2013

King Willem Alexander of Orange ,the Netherlands



The Dutch Inauguration of Willem Alexander and Maxima

On April 30th . 2013 , 3 days following his  46th birthday, , Prince Willem Alexander will become the first male to ascend throne since 1890 


Prince Willem Alexander , Princess Maxima 
Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, Princess Ariane of the Netherlands
Life is about to change for the crown Prince  and princess 

Heartiest Congratulations and best wishes from Bali , the Island of love to

King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands  and Queen Maxima 
 Translation of the remarks of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander on the occasion of his investiture, 30 April 2013
30 April 2013, Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam
Members of the States General,
Today I stand before this joint session of Parliament to be sworn in and invested as your new King. You have gathered here in the nation's capital for this purpose as the elected representatives of the people. This symbolises our constitutional bonds.
Over the course of two centuries, the Dutch monarchy has become inextricably linked with our parliamentary democracy. This investiture and the oath I am about to take confirm this connection, which is enshrined in the Charter for the Kingdom and the Constitution.
Democracy is based on mutual trust. The people's trust in the government - one that respects the law and offers its citizens prospects for the future. But also the government's trust in the people - citizens who feel a shared responsibility for the public interest and are willing to stand up for one another. All holders of public office, whether they are elected, appointed or designated, must contribute to that trust. That is how democracy is maintained.
In her final Christmas address as Queen, my mother said, 'Achieving mutual trust is an ongoing challenge, both in the big things and the small.' For 33 years, she gave her trust, and repaid the trust placed in her. This provided the basis for her authority. She stood for the values enshrined in the Constitution. Values to which she swore to remain faithful on 30 April 1980. Values to which she gave expression whenever she felt it necessary. After all, the fact that the monarch has no political responsibility does not mean that he or she bears no responsibility at all. That would render meaningless the oath I am about to take in this joint session of the States General.
My dear Mother,
As Queen you were fully conscious of the responsibilities attached to your position. You were utterly dedicated to the duties of your office. But you were also a daughter, a wife, a mother and head of the family. And you have always sought to do full justice to each of those responsibilities. Sometimes you felt torn, but you combined your many duties with great inspiration. You never refused a request for help. Even in times of personal sorrow you supported us all in the most loving and dependable manner.
With the help of my father, you developed your own style as Queen. You never chose the easy path of fleeting popularity. You navigated stormy waters, charting a sure and steady course in the knowledge that you were part of a long tradition.
Now, I follow in your footsteps. And I have a clear picture of my duties. No one knows what the future may hold. But wherever my path leads, and however long it may be, I will always carry with me your warmth and your wisdom.
I know that I speak for many in the Netherlands and in the Caribbean parts of our Kingdom when I say: thank you for all the wonderful years in which you served as our Queen.
Each monarch fulfils his duties in his own fashion. He is a different person from his predecessor, and he is of a different time. The monarchy is not a static institution. Within the bounds of our constitutional rules it has always managed to adapt to changing circumstances. The States General and the ministers have always given the monarch the necessary scope.
At the same time, the monarchy is a symbol of continuity and unity. It is a direct link with our constitutional past. It is a historical tapestry, which together we are still weaving today. The basis for the values we share can be found in our history. One of those values is the monarch's role as servant of the people. The King performs the duties of his office in the service of the community. This deeply rooted principle was laid down by the States General as early as 1581, in the Act of Abjuration, the birth certificate of what would eventually become the Netherlands.
I succeed to the throne at a time when many in the Kingdom feel vulnerable and uncertain. Vulnerable in their jobs or their health. Uncertain about their income or the environment in which they live. It now seems less self-evident that the next generation will be better off than the last.
As individuals, we seem to have little influence over the events that shape our lives. Therefore our power lies not in isolating ourselves but in working together. As families and as friends. As residents of a street or neighborhood. As citizens of our Kingdom. And as inhabitants of an Earth confronted with countless challenges that can only be met by working together at international level.
Unity and diversity. Individuality and adaptability. An appreciation of tradition and a healthy curiosity about what the future will bring: these are the qualities which over the centuries have made us who we are today.
Our need to explore frontiers and set new boundaries has taken us a long way. We have five remarkable Dutch individuals here who are symbols of that. Today they fulfill a traditional role,* but they are also living proof of what we are capable of achieving.
Behind them stand hundreds of thousands of others who have each distinguished themselves in their own way. Their efforts are invaluable, too. The hope of our country rests in the combined power of all these people with all their talents, big and small. For centuries, our greatest strengths have been our inventiveness, our diligence and our openness. With such qualities, we have a great deal to offer the world.
As King, I want to encourage people to make active use of their opportunities. However great our diversity, however different our beliefs or dreams, and however varied our backgrounds, in the Kingdom of the Netherlands everyone can have a voice and can contribute to society on an equal footing.
I will take pride in representing the Kingdom, and in helping to uncover new opportunities. I want to establish ties, make connections and exemplify what unites us, the Dutch people, and not only in times of great joy or deep sorrow. Thus, as King, I can strengthen the bond of mutual trust between the people and their government, maintain our democracy and serve the public interest.
I accept this office with gratitude. I am grateful for the upbringing my parents gave me, and for the freedom I have been given to prepare for this role. Many people have helped show me the way, both in their words and in their deeds, and I would like to thank them all.
Successive governments, with the support of the States General, have given me the opportunity to play a role in various fields and so to undertake many activities both in and on behalf of the Netherlands. This work has given me a sense of what I can contribute in my position. It has also allowed me to gain a deep insight into issues, such as responsible water management, which are fundamental to our country.
My experiences at home and abroad have made me the person I am. I can say with confidence, both to myself and to the world: I accept this office with full conviction. And in doing so, I acknowledge how deeply happy I am to have the support of my wife, Máxima. She is conscious of the personal constraints her position sometimes entails. She has embraced our country and become a Dutchwoman among the Dutch people. She stands ready to apply the full range of her abilities in the service of my reign and the Kingdom at large.          
Members of the States General,
Today, we stand before one another to affirm our mutual responsibilities and obligations. The Charter for the Kingdom and the Constitution are our common foundation. Through good times and bad, let us build on that foundation in the full confidence that together we can face the future with our heads held high.
With that conviction, I aim to fulfil my duties as King with all the strength I am granted.
I swear to the peoples of the Kingdom that I shall constantly preserve and uphold the Charter for the Kingdom and the Constitution.
I swear that I shall defend and preserve the independence and the territory of the Kingdom to the best of My ability; that I shall protect the freedoms and rights of all its citizens and residents, and shall employ all means placed at My disposal by the law to support and promote the Kingdom's welfare, as is incumbent upon a good and faithful King.
So help Me God!

"People can address me as they wish, because then they can feel comfortable," he said last month, explaining that he was "not a protocol fetishist" and didn't expect to be addressed as "Your Majesty".
"We are people. People make mistakes," he said, when asked about how he would approach his role. "If you make mistakes you must learn from them to ensure that they don't happen again."
Much of his "man of the people" image is credited to his wife Maxima, the daughter of an Argentine politician who he married in 2002.  

 Statement by the US President Barack Obama on the Investiture of His Majesty Willem-Alexander as King of the Netherlands
On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I congratulate His Majesty Willem-Alexander on the occasion of his investiture as King of the Netherlands, and we wish the very best to him and Queen Maxima as they assume their new roles.  Our two nations share a rich history and strong ties, and we enjoyed hosting the royal couple at the White House in September 2009, when they visited the United States to mark the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s historic voyage.  We also send our heartfelt appreciation to Princess Beatrix for her steadfast friendship, selfless service, and exemplary leadership as she steps down after 33 years.  The Kingdom of the Netherlands is a valued friend of the United States, and we look forward to continuing our close cooperation in the years to come.
  

AMSTERDAM —  April30th 2013
 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has abdicated, handing over to her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, who became the first King of the Netherlands in over 120 years.
Thousands of well-wishers had gathered in Amsterdam's Dam Square since early on Tuesday morning, waiting to see the new King and his wife, Queen Maxima, when they step out on the balcony of the Royal Palace
"He's ready, in every way," Queen Beatrix said of her 46-year-old son, a water management specialist who is expected to bring a less formal touch to the monarchy, as she bid farewell to the nation in a subdued televised address on Monday night.

April 30, or Queen's day, is always a day for partying in the Netherlands. Many people took Monday off work and started celebrating in earnest from Monday evening with street bands and music.
 
    Translation of the remarks of H.M. the Queen, 29 April 2013
On the eve of my abdication, I would like to take this opportunity to address you all. Unity and freedom have traditionally been the driving forces shaping our country's constitutional order. In years of struggle and revolt against foreign domination, the words of the Wilhelmus were a source of hope and encouragement:
"I dedicate undying faith to this land of mine"
Since that time, the unconditional loyalty of the founding father of our country has also been demonstrated by all those who have fought for our freedom. To this day, this loyalty forms the bedrock of our country's history, which is closely connected with the House of Orange.

From 1890 onwards, our national unity was inextricably linked with four female heads of state. After Queen Regent Emma, after my grandmother Wilhelmina - so valiant in wartime - and after my mother Juliana, with her strong sense of duty, the task and privilege of being your Queen fell to me. The unifying power shown by previous generations was my inspiration. In our constitutional monarchy, with the Constitution as our foundation, the monarch stands for unity in the service of a constantly changing society.
At the investiture, in the presence of the States General, the monarch swears to uphold the Constitution and protect the rights and freedoms of all the inhabitants of the Kingdom. The converse of ministerial responsibility for the acts of the monarch is the duty of the monarch - within the government - to coordinate his actions with the ministers. Democratically enacted laws and decrees are ratified by the monarch's signature. In day-to-day life, the monarch can contribute to respect for democracy, to solidarity within society and to integration and personal development for all sections of the population. This calls for full and unconditional dedication to what - sooner or later, to a greater or lesser degree - presents itself as the common interest of our society. Neither power, nor personal will, nor a claim to inherited authority, but solely the determination to serve the community can give substance to today's monarchy.
In fulfilling this task, the monarchy aims to foster a community whose members feel solidarity with one another. Throughout the last thirty-three years I have had the privilege of meeting great numbers of my compatriots who put themselves at the service of other people, demonstrate their commitment and are willing to do their utmost for their country. I have seen what creative effort and perseverance can accomplish, in the most diverse circumstances. Over the years, my appreciation of people's impressive achievements in science, art and culture has grown immensely. Scope for self-expression and exploration of new avenues are of vital importance for us all. The way people of different beliefs or convictions seek to draw closer to one other has touched me deeply, also because it is a sign of openness and tolerance.
In all this, the great trust you placed in me was indispensable. I have shared both joy and national pride with you. And I have shared in your sorrow and anxiety. The population of the Netherlands in Europe and in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom have strengthened me with their spontaneous warmth and expressions of solidarity. Beyond our borders too, international contacts proved their worth in furthering mutual understanding. The vicissitudes of the world touch our daily lives. Countless ties bind us to people in other continents. This compels us to remain open to other ways of life and other cultures.
A divided Europe long bore the scars of a past marked by war and violence. Today, peaceful cooperation and an awareness of common interests prevail. Decisions made by the European Union determine our daily life where this is necessary or useful. Our own self-interest obliges us to contribute to the common interest and to the wider perspective of a shared responsibility in the world.
In all this, I had the great good fortune to be able to count on the support of Prince Claus. His level-headed insights and nuanced approach were of great value to me. Through his work in the fields of urban planning, the environment, development cooperation and culture, he focused attention on crucial social issues. He taught our sons, when they were still very young, to be alert to developments in society and to suffering and need in the world. In this way, he brought our House closer to modern times. History may indeed conclude that my choice of husband was the best decision I ever made.
Since I announced my intention to relinquish the throne, I have been overwhelmed by expressions of warmth and kindness, accompanied by a profound understanding of my wish to hand over my task to the Prince of Orange. He is well prepared for every aspect of his new role, through his intensive activities at national and international level and his keen interest in the developments taking place in our world today. During the ceremonial investiture in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, King Willem-Alexander will accept the imperative that is essential to the office: to act without regard to personal preference, and to stand above the interest of party or group. In fulfilling his task, he will ask for the support and trust of the Dutch people. We all feel blessed by the fact that his endearing wife Máxima, with her warm heart and clear understanding of human relations, will play a special role.
In laying down my duties as Queen, I am above all filled with a sense of deep gratitude. Without your heart-warming and encouraging expressions of regard, the burdens of office - and they have certainly made themselves felt - would have been very heavy indeed. I would like to let you know, in saying farewell, that your affection has given me the strength I needed. In the future too, your continuing closeness will remain a great support.
When tomorrow my eldest son assumes this rewarding and responsible task, it is my dearest wish that the new Royal couple will also feel supported by your loving trust. I am convinced that Willem-Alexander will devote himself, with loyalty and dedication, to discharging his duties as a good King should.

Big crowds gather in Amsterdam as former Queen Beatrix and her son, the new king, appear on the Royal Palace balcony.

Queen Beatrix has signed the official act of abdication in Amsterdam, making her eldest son Willem-Alexander the first Dutch king in more than 100 years.

The much-loved Beatrix ended her 33-year-reign as thousands of revellers dressed in orange cheered outside the Royal Palace in the Dutch capital and millions more watched on television.

With her abdication, she becomes Princess Beatrix and her son ascends the throne as King Willem-Alexander. He is the first Dutch king since Willem III died in 1890.
Queen Beatrix and Prince Willem-Alexander Queen Beatrix signs the instrument of abdication next to her son

The 46-year-old father of three's popular Argentine-born wife becomes Queen Maxima and their eldest daughter, Catharina-Amalia, becomes Princess Orange and first in line to the throne.

Willem-Alexander gripped his visibly emotional mother's hand after they both signed the abdication document.

Beatrix, 75, announced her decision to relinquish the crown in January to make way for a new generation.
The handover is laden with constitutionally prescribed ceremony.

It began with the Queen signing the "instrument of abdication" at which point her 46-year-old son will become King Willem-Alexander.
Signing of the abdication instrument Beatrix signs over the throne to her son after 33 years

The two then appear together on a balcony of the Royal Palace on the city's famous Dam Square and make a brief address to the crowd.

Then the investiture will be held before 2,000 guests in Amsterdam's Nieuwe Kerk, which also serves as a joint session of the two houses of the States General - the Dutch parliament.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be among those in the audience as the new king swears to be faithful to the Constitution and faithfully discharge the duties of his office.

Later in the afternoon the new king, together with his wife and their three daughters, will head a royal boat parade which will see a performance by the Dutch club DJ Armin van Buuren with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark arrive at a dinner hosted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Charles and Camilla, and Mary and Frederik of Denmark arrive at the dinner

On Monday night Queen Beatrix thanked the Dutch people in a televised address, where she urged them to support her son, whose wife Princess Maxima will be queen.

Beatrix said: "Now that my oldest son is to take over this fine and responsible job, it is my deep wish that the new royal couple will feel themselves supported by your loving trust.

"I am convinced that Willem-Alexander will apply himself with true devotion for everything a good king is obliged to do."

She also praised her late husband, Prince Claus, who died in 2002, for teaching their children to be in tune with changes in society.

"Prince Claus brought our House (Of Orange) closer to this time," she said.
Members of a Dutch anti-Monarchy activist group 'Het is 2013' prepare banners for a demonstration against the investiture of the country's new King Anti-monarchy protesters prepare banners
"Possibly history will show that the choice of this husband was my best decision."

The new king will become the youngest monarch in Europe, in a country where public support for the royal family consistently runs at over 80%.

However, the Dutch government has allowed six protests to be staged around the city by anti-monarchist groups, and those who believe such an expensive ceremony is unjustifiable when the country's economy is in recession.

The king receives a stipend of 850,000 euros (£718,000) a year, and an online petition to see that reduced has now reached over 20,000 signatures, half the number required to trigger a parliamentary debate.

 
Last week more than a million Dutch school children were participating in the "King's Games" Friday, a day of sports and games as festivities get underway to celebrate of the accession of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander to the throne next week.
Willem-Alexander and his wife Princess Maxima formally opened the games in the eastern city of Enschede. In all, 65,000 primary schools around the country are expected to participate, and most of the rest that didn't sign up formally are still celebrating in some way. Kids are wearing orange T-shirts in honor of the royal family, the ruling House of Orange.
Asked what he was enjoying most, the prince said he appreciated the "enthusiasm with which everyone has looked forward to this."

Royal Investiture

  On the occasion of the investiture of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the Embassy will host a reception on Tuesday 30 April from 18.00 until 20.00 hrs at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kota BNI, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta, 10220.

Dutch nationals are welcome by showing their passport at the entrance. Other guests are requested to show their official and numbered invitation. The reception is open to guests of 18 years and older.
For more information about the festivities in the Netherlands,
 please visit the website of the Royal House.
Programme of the reception
Starting from 18.00 hrs
Arrival of guests and invitees
You are kindly requested to be present before 18.30 hrs.
18.45 hrs.
Speech Ambassador
18.55 hrs.
National Anthems
            19.00 hrs.             
Live stream of the investiture of H.M. King Willem-Alexander at a joint session of the two Houses of the States General in the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
H.M. the King delivers an address and is sworn in. The President of the Joint Session of Parliament, Mr Fred de Graaf, delivers an address and makes a solemn declaration, after which every member of the States General and the States of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten swears an oath or makes an affirmation.
     20.00 hrs   
End of program
 
Willem-Alexander will become king when his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicates Tuesday.

Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange is heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, comprising the countries Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten. He is head of the House of Amsberg. 
Born: April 27, 1967 (age 46), Utrecht
Spouse: Princess Máxima of the Netherlands (m. 2002)
Education: Leiden University
Children: Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, Princess Ariane of the Netherlands
Siblings: Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau, Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands
Parents: Beatrix of the Netherlands, Prince Claus of the Netherlands

Princess of hearts to be the New Dutch Queen
Queen consort of the Netherlands
Tenure 30 April 2013 - present

Spouse Willem-Alexander
Issue
Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange
Princess Alexia
Princess Ariane
Full name
Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti
House House of Orange-Nassau (by marriage)
Father Jorge Zorreguieta
Mother María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart
Born 17 May 1971 (age 41)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Religion Roman Catholic


A former Argentinian investment banker, all set to become queen Maxima, has won the heart of a nation "by being close to her people" .
A perfect mix of glamor and grounded down to earth simplicity, Maxima — who met Crown Prince Willem-Alexander while she was working for Deutsche Bank as an economist and was based in New York — has now been voted more popular in the Netherlands than her mother-in-law or her husband.
The world first heard of Queen Maxima in August 1999, when the happy couple made their first public appearance. Today, she is the mother of Willem-Alexander's three daughters, who follow him in the direct line of succession to the throne.

In an interview a few weeks before the inauguration, she told the Dutch national broadcaster that her family "made a joint decision" that they would not attend Willem-Alexander's investiture.
"It's a constitutional celebration and, yes, my father does not belong in it.
"My wedding was a different event. It would of course be fantastic if he could be here but emotionally this is different," she said. 
And Maxima, who is an adviser to the United Nations on granting better access to financial services for the poor, and will become Queen on Tuesday, said that for her, life will not change substantially.
 
 Standing in Amsterdam's gothic Nieuwe Kerk or New Church, he will be sworn in as head of state draped in the ermine mantle previously worn by his mother Queen Beatrix and their ancestors before that for the last two centuries.

This will mean changes to the lives of the new King and Queen. The most significant is that the couple and their three girls Amalia, nine, Alexia, seven, and five-year-old Ariane will, in the fullness of time, move to Huis ten Bosch Palace a few miles away in The Hague.

Beatrix, who is abdicating in her son's favor, will move into Drakensteyn Castle in Lage Vuursche.

Queen's Day, the official celebration of her birthday, will become King's Day. From now on to honor her heir the national party at which revelers wear orange, the national colour, will be held on 27 April.

In anticipation of a heavier workload, the Prince has already given up some of his outside interests. He has resigned his membership of the International Olympic Committee and chairmanship of a United Nations board on water and sanitation. 

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