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King Willem-Alexander (front R) and his wife Queen Maxima leave the Nieuwe Kerk church
Dutch King Willem-Alexander (front R) and his wife Queen Maxima leave the Nieuwe Kerk church after the inauguration in Amsterdam (Reuters)
Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia (L), Princess Ariane (C) and Princess Alexia pose
Dutch Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia (L), Princess Ariane (C) and Princess Alexia pose during a photocall at the royal palace in Amsterdam following the crowning ceremonies, April 30, 2013 (Reuters)
People dance in the street in Amsterdam
People dance in the street in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Tuesday April 30, 2013 (AP)
People celebrate on a boat
People celebrate on a boat sailing along a canal in Amsterdam (AP)
Netherlands Princess Beatrix (2nd L) accompanied by her granddaughters
Netherlands Princess Beatrix (2nd L) accompanied by her granddaughters Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia (L) Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane (R) attend the religious crowning ceremonies at the Nieuwe Kerk church in Amsterdam, April 30, 2013 (Reuters)
Netherlands Princess Beatrix follows her granddaughters
Netherlands Princess Beatrix follows her granddaughters Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia (C) Princess Alexia (L) and Princess Ariane on their way out from the Nieuwe Kerk church in Amsterdam after the religious crowning ceremony, April 30, 2013 (Reuters)
Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (R) embraces her son Dutch King Willem-Alexander
Princess Beatrix of Netherlands (R) embraces her son Dutch King Willem-Alexander on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam (Reuters)
King Willem-Alexander and family pose for photo
King Willem-Alexander, his wife Queen Maxima accompanied by their daughters Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Ariane, Princess Alexia and guests pose during a photocall at the royal palace in Amsterdam following the crowning ceremonies (Reuters)
King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima wave to the crowd with their daughters
Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima wave to the crowd with their daughters Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia (L), Princess Alexia (R) and Princess Ariane (C) on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam (Reuters)
Princess Beatrix (R) speaks with Princess Catharina-Amalia at the Nieuwe Kerk
Princess Beatrix, (R), speaks with Princess Catharina-Amalia at the Nieuwe Kerk or New Church in Amsterdam, prior to the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander, Tuesday April 30, 2013 (AP)
King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima seated inside the Nieuwe Kerk or New Church
King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima seated inside the Nieuwe Kerk or New Church in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for his inauguration (AP)
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Harm Botje
01-05-2013 09:22pm
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no religious ceremony and not a crowning, but an inauguration
Dutch kings are not crowned but inaugurated in a joint session of both houses of parliament, taking an oath to uphold and defend the constitution. The crown is purely symbolic and is never worn. The ceremony itself is not a religious one at all but strictly secular. There is no state religion in the Netherlands and religion is considered to be a private, not a public affair. The majority of the Dutch are a-religious.
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