It’s official. Queen Beatrix is now HRH Princess Beatrix and the Netherlands have a new King and Queen.
The abdication and the investiture took place yesterday, with a gracious Princess Beatrix doing everything possible to make King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima feel at ease with taking over her role.
Queen Beatrix signing the abdication papers
Awaiting some more paperwork perhaps?
Prince Willem-Alexander signing the documents
Princess Maxima signing the documents
The Queen giving Maxima a comforting wink
Mother and son - united
The Princesses watching the investiture
The new King and Queen on the balcony with the now Princess Beatrix
Waving to the crowd
The new generation of Royals wave from the balcony
The new King and Queen give a final wave as they leave the balcony
The first official picture of the new King and Queen of the Netherlands