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Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will watch Willem-Alexander become king

24 APRIL 2013

Prince Charles will get a glimpse of his own destiny when he watches Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands become king at next week's Dutch inauguration.

Clarence House confirmed that Britain's own monarch-in-waiting and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, would attend the ceremony on 30 April.

"Prince Charles and Camilla will represent Britain at ceremonies in Amsterdam marking the abdication of Queen Beatrix," the statement read.

 

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Britain's representatives will rub shoulders with an array of royals from around the world: Spain's Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia are already on the guest list, as are Naruhito and Masako of Japan.

Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, will also attend the Dutch investiture ceremony with his wife Princess Stephanie.

The engagement will have great significance for Prince Charles, who is Britain's longest-waiting heir to the throne. 

While he shares Willem-Alexander's destiny as monarch, the Queen – who marked her Diamond Jubilee last year – has no intention of abdicating like her Dutch counterpart has.

Last year, Charles seemingly acknowledged his status as Britain's longest-waiting heir to the throne, quipping, "Impatient? Me? What a thing to suggest! Yes, of course I am". 

During the promotional video for Clarence House he added, "I'll run out of time soon. I shall have snuffed it if I'm not careful."

Those light-hearted comments came as he promoted a long-term restoration project at the Dumfries House estate in East Ayrshire.

 

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For the moment, the Prince of Wales will be content to look on as Willem-Alexander ascends the throne. 

The Dutch royal will become king and his wife Maxima queen consort when current monarch Beatrix, who has reigned for 33 years, officially abdicates on 30 April.

Her decision was announced in January and marks the beginning of a new era for the Dutch royal family.

Willem-Alexander and his Argentinian-born wife Maxima recently gave an exclusive TV interview to discuss their feelings about the momentous occasion.

Speaking to journalists Marielle Tweebeeke and Rick Nieman, the incoming king made it clear he will be a modern, down-to-earth monarch.

"People can address me any way they see fit," he said. "I'm not obsessed with protocol. I will be king, but also a human being."

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