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Where Prince Willem-Alexander will be crowned King

The Netherlands prepares as Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, 45, is set to become the country's first king in more than a century when the current Queen, his mother Beatrix, abdicates after 30 years on the throne on 30 April. In the biggest event in The Netherlands' royal calendar for several years, Willem-Alexander's Argentinian-born wife Princess Maxima will become his Queen consort.

Tuesday's abdication will take place on Queen's Day, a popular celebration of the House of Orange when the Dutch dress up in the royal colour and party into the night. It is expected to be the biggest royal gathering since Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

We look at Amsterdam's landmarks that will take centre stage for the royal proceedings – from Queen Beatrix's abdication to Willem-Alexander's swearing-in ceremony – and the places that will play host to royals from all over the world, including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Spain's Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia and Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako of Japan.

The city will be decked out for the variety of royal guests of the courts of Europe who have been invited to the celebrations of the coronation 

The Rijksmuseum, or the Museum of the Netherlands, will be the setting of a dinner the day before the inauguration that will be hosted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands - the day before she stands down as queen 

The city of Amsterdam has been busy preparing for what will be the world's largest gathering of royalty since the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Britain last year. Crowned heads and other representatives of monarchies are coming from as far afield as Japan and the Middle East 

The official abdication and succession of the new king and queen will take place at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam on 30 April. Queen's Day - when Queen Beatrix will abdicate and her eldest son Willem-Alexander will ascend to the throne - is renowned for being one of the biggest and most colourful festivities in the Netherlands, and especially so in Amsterdam 

Originally the Royal Palace was designed to be the city council. Renowned architect Jacob van Campen took on the project in 1648, commissioned by the Mayor of Amsterdam. Key sculptors of the time, along with painters, were enlisted to decorate the Royal Palace, both inside and out 

King Willem-Alexander - the first Dutch King in more than a century - will appear for the first time with his new title on the Royal Palace's balcony alongside his wife, Queen Maxima. After making a speech to the excited crowds, his daughter the Princess of Orange and heir to the throne, Princess Amalia, will make an appearance with her sisters, Princesses Alexia and Ariane 

The swearing-in and investiture of the new King will take place in the New Church, located in the heart of the city, near the Royal Palace and popular Dam Square 

After the inauguration, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam will once more become centre stage for the coronation proceedings with a reception of officers and heads of state 

The new King and Queen will take a boatride through the Dutch capital when the public will be able to greet and congratulate them 

A gala dinner will be held to celebrate the country's new head of state in the Muziekgebouw, one of the most famous concert halls in the world 


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