Thursday, May 2, 2013



Probably most of you have heard about the festivities in our country last Tuesday. We have a new King and Queen. The abdication of Queen Beatrix was at 10 in the morning and the inauguration of King Willem Alexander was at 2 in the afternoon. We saw it all on TV .

Let me show you some pictures I took while watching TV.

A small impression of a beautiful day.



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Top photo on the left, Now Princess Beatrix told the people they have a new King,

Bottom photo on the  left , the royal palace on the Dam square in Amsterdam with in front of it the crowds waiting for the balcony scene of the new royal family.And here they are on the bottom right photo and the middle photo on the top. King Willem Alexander, Queen Maxima and their three lovely daughters.

Top right Willem Alexander and Maxima walking to the New Church for the inauguration, but first the little princesses and their grandmother princess Beatrix  and princess Mabel went there, as you can see on the middle bottom photo.


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Here  photo’s of  the King and his mother princess Beatrix , a photo of our future queen princess Amalia, an impression of the church and the three princesses now wearing lovely Royal

blue dresses.



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A  big thank you to all the hosts.


Home and Lifestyle said...

Wat was het een mooie dag, je collage heb je de dag ook mooi samengevat. Wij hebben het officiële gedeelte van de dag gevolgd, daarna hebben we de bus gepakt en zijn we naar de stad gegaan. De sfeer was er gezellig, met veel muziek en vrolijkheid. Ik heb er - en heel veel anderen met ons - enorm van genoten!

Een fijn weekend! Lieve groet, Ingrid

"Création" said...

Het was echt een fantastische dag
lieve Rietje, zo verdraagzaam allemaal en gelukkig totaal geen
narigheid. Een ongelooflijke
mensenmassa die vol van vreugde
op het plein aanwezig waren.
Hartverwarmend allemaal en menig
traantje is gevallen.

Wij hebben ook alles op de
TV gevolgd, en de tijd ertussen
zijn we de Sneek ingegaan,
erg druk en veel gezelligheid.
Lekker iets gebruikt op een zonnig
terras en zo rond twee uur weer
achter de buis.
Een dag om nooit te vergeten.

Veel liefs,

Down by the sea said...

It must have been a wonderful day! Although it was shown on our television too, I was at work and so it has been lovely to see pictures of the event here.
Sarah x

21 Wits said...

All such great pictures and what a lovely time and moment to share in history. Just a beautiful process!

Filip and Kristel said...

It was just fantastic, you should be proud of your country.


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Thanks for sharing this Riet. What a beautiful ceremony and such lovely royalty.


Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos Riet. We saw some short clips on the news here. Our province has a lot of Dutch living here since World War 2 and they gathered together for a celebration and watched the proceedings on TV. I think it's wonderful the Queen felt she could 'retire' and allow her son the privilege of being king.

biebkriebels said...

Wat een mooie dag was het he, heb er zo van genoten. Iedereen werd er ook helemaal vrolijk van. We kunnen wel aan de slag bij de bladen met onze foto's ha,ha.

Juliëtte said...

Wat was het een mooie dag!! Net als jij heb ik volop genoten voor de t.v!

Ik wens je een heel fijn weekend!

Liefs, Juliëtte

Willy said...

Ik geniet er zo nog weer even van, kan er maar moeilijk genoeg van krijgen. Fijn weekend, lieve groet

Lynne said...

Thank you Riet for sharing photos of the royal celebration.
Handsome and Beauiful royal family indeed.

Faye said...

Love blogging for just this reason--these insider stories from around the world. It looks like you have a promising, youthful new royal family, Reit. I hope they serve your country well.

Loved those photos inside the cathedral especially. Wonderful architecture.

Tanya Breese said...

congratulations to the new king and queen and they look like a very sweet family!

Thuis bij Tjits said...

Wat was dit genieten hé Riet, ik heb alles gevolgd, zo mooi! en heel leuk om nu nog even na te genieten met deze mooie foto's.

fijn weekend,
lieve groet van Tjits

Riet said...

Wat een geweldige dag was het ik heb echt genoten.
En wat zagen ze er mooi uit,daar moeten ze veel geld voor neerleggen.
Wat moeten wij toch als Nederlander toch trots zijn op zo prachtig koning stel.
En onze koningin wat een lief mens,en zoveel verdriet heb ze,en dan toch steeds maar lachen.
Ze moet toch ook eenzaam zijn.

Liefs Riet.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh this was wonderful to see in your TV photos, Riet! Congratulations to the Netherlands on your new King and Queen! They look like a very nice couple. I like the name Maxima--it is so regal!

Have a lovely weekend!

Anonymous said...

So exciting to see history up close!

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Beautiful pictures...what an exciting day in your country! Your new King and Queen look very regal and their children are beautiful!

klaproos said...

dat was een heel mooie dag riet,
mooie foto's laat je zien voor je engelse bezoekers

This is Belgium said...

de oranje gekte (vergeef me het woord) was voelbaar tot in Brussel
wat een spektakel !!

RobinfromCA said...

Oh, thank you for sharing these photos! We didn't get to see it over here. I've always thought Queen Beatrix is such a lovely, gentile woman. It looks like her son and his family will represent The Netherlands very well. I've never seen Dam Square that full - wow!! Congratulations to the new monarchs and to everyone in your beautiful country. You know how much I love it there!
Have a wonderful weekend,

Shane Pollard said...

Hello Riet
What a grand occasion in the Netherlands.
yes we were saw some of it on our television too - a great spectacle.
Very gracious of Queen Beatrix to abdicate in favour of her son Willem - I hope he will make a good King of the house of Orange.
Shane ♥

Light and Voices said...

Regal looking couple to be the new King and Queen. Lovely celebration photos.
JM Illinois

Annesphamily said...

Such a lovely and historical event! I always enjoy your photos and this is no exception. Have a lovely weekend.

Micupoftea said...

Looks like a lovely ceremony :)

Ineke Original said...

SUPER foto's!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful images and special occasion. Here's to the new leaders.
Happy pinks.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful images indeed, Riet! And such a special occasion for your country! Wonderful post for the day! Thanks for sharing!!

jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Oh my Riet, This is a stunning post of the wonderful celebration and inauguration of the new King and Queen. What a beautiful event and a beautiful Royal Family. The princesses in blue are so darling. Thank you for sharing this special event as it happened in your country. I know you must be pleased to have seen the celebration as it happened. Lucky you.
XO, Jeanne

Jim said...


Michelle said...

Riet-how beautiful, what a lovely celebrations, would love to see something like that on TV. Thank you for sharing with us. Have a blessed week.

Gemma Wiseman said...

A grand, colourful, historical occasion! A stunning collection of photos! And love all the smiles!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Riet, what a lovely celebration. I also saw some photos on TV. It is a great event for the history books. The Royal family shots are beautiful. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing! Have a happy week!

debra @ homespun said...

Exquisite! Fun! We Americans love to enjoy the royalty in other is fascinating and so enjoyable! :) Well I'd say THIS American does, anyway :)

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Riet
This was talked about even in Canada. Such a strong family resemblance of Queen Beatrix and her son. What does her title become now?
Exciting to see all the photos, thanks for sharing.

Lorrie said...

This was on the news here in Canada, as others have mentioned. How graciously Princess Beatrix gave over the throne. You have a beautiful royal family.

xinex said...

Beautiful photos, Riet! What a joyous occasion! I love all the blue outfits....Christine

Pondside said...

We saw it on TV here as well, Riet. What a beautiful day it must have been. Here in Canada we feel a special connection with the now- Princess Beatrix who spent some of her childhood in Ottawa. What a beautiful royal family you have in the Netherlands.

Unknown said...

What a significant day! I love the last pic of the church -regal and royal like it is supposed to be!

Hootin' Anni said...

royalty...and royal blues!! Great images and congrats on the coronation!

SmilingSally said...

Royals know how to "use the blues." I like their choices; thanks for sharing.

Happy Blue Monday, Riet.

Pie said...

What an interesting event to watch. They have a beautiful family. Happy Blue Monday. I played too. Mine are here and here.

Marijke van Ooijen said...

Lieve Rietje,

Meisje wat een toffe foto's
heb je op je blog gezet..

Wat was het een mooie dag he meis?
En wat een prachtig paartje is het
Ja die dag was als een droom.



Curtains in My Tree said...

That was a tender sweet moment in your and the worlds history


Unknown said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

They are a lovely looking family. I hope that the new King and Queen do as well as the previous. Valerie

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What an historic and grand occasion.

Anonymous said...

What an impressive and historic moment!

Reader Wil said...

Hi Riet! Ik zie dat wij hetzelfde onderwerp hebben! Logisch toch !
Het was een mooie dag zonder verstoringen zoals bij de inhuldiging van Beatrix. Ik heb met familie voor de tv gezeten en van alles genoten. Jammer was het natuurlijk dat Friso er niet bij kon zijn. Dat moet heel pijnlijk voor Mabel en Beatrix , en de hele familie geweest zijn.

Jeannie and Linda said...

How exciting! As we have no monarchy I enjoy our friends'. Congratulations! (and what a gorgeous shade of blue).

Linda at The French Hens Nest

klaproos said...

och wat was het mooi he riet,
ik heb er zo van genoten

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I think it's wonderful of your Queen (now Princess) to do that. Seems like a fairy tale to us over here, where every little girl wants to be a princess. Your Royal Family is certainly good looking enough to qualify for any such story.