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How to watch the Dutch Coronation on 30th April from abroad

In just under 4 weeks Queen Beatrix will formally renounce her throne and Prince Willem-Alexander will be crowned the new Dutch king. Of course, if you are lucky enough to be living in the Netherlands, then you’ll have plenty of opportunity to watch these exciting events as they unfold and perhaps join in all the festivities brandishing your typical Orange products and souvenirs. But what if you live overseas? Find out below, how to follow the Dutch coronation from abroad.

Regardless of whether you live in France, South Africa, Canada or Australia, thanks to the Internet there’s now nothing to prevent you from enjoying the Dutch coronation live from the comfort of your own armchair. Indeed, Dutch TV company, NOS, will broadcast a live report of the coronation via the Internet, which is scheduled to begin at 10.00 am and estimated to finish at around 5.30 pm. Even if you live in a different time zone and don’t fancy staying up all night to watch the coronation live, you can still catch up later by visiting the Dutch website, Uitzendinggemist.

On 29th April, at 8.30 pm Dutch time, Queen Beatrix is to give a farewell speech from the Paleis Huis ten Bosch, which will also be broadcast on Dutch radio and television. Just like the change of throne, you can follow this farewell speech live from abroad via the internet channel NOS Koningshuis live or alternatively, you can catch up after the event by visiting the website Uitzendinggemist.

Royal Palace amsterdam

Official Dutch Coronation Programme 30th April, 2013

Please note that all broadcast times are shown in Dutch, Central European Time (CET), and are subject to change.

10.00 – 10.30 am: Abdication at the Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) in Amsterdam

The Director of the Queen’s Cabinet will read out the Act of Abdication, which will subsequently be signed by Queen Beatrix.

10.30 – 10.50 am: Speech on the palace balcony

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Queen Beatrix will appear on the Palace balcony, before both Princess Beatrix and King Willem-Alexander give a short speech. After the speech, Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane are planned to join them on the balcony.

1.55 pm: Departure for the Nieuwe Kerk

King Willem-Alexander and his entourage will leave for the Nieuwe Kerk, where the official swearing in and inauguration will take place.

2.00 – 3.30 pm: Swearing in and inauguration of King Willem-Alexander

King Willem-Alexander will be sworn in during a session of the States-General of the Netherlands. The President of the Senate, Fred de Graaf will give a speech.

4.30 – 5.30 pm: Reception in the Koninklijk Paleis

After all the coronation formalities have taken place, a reception will be held at the Royal Palace for the members of the States General.

Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?

10 comments on “How to watch the Dutch Coronation on 30th April from abroad

  1. Gary La Buray
    30/04/2013

    I’m watching in St. Louis, Missouri, USA – the Coronation is beautiful. Thank you for providing this live video link for us to enjoy.

  2. Ruud Uriot-van Es
    30/04/2013

    Watched the formalities of the abdication and coronation via the uTube link. A pitty that the link got frequently interrupted, but what I saw was wonderful. Will tune in again in a couple of hours for the coronation ceremony. I live in Australia.

  3. hollandathome
    30/04/2013

    You can access the live YouTube channel that will be covering the coronation via: http://www.youtube.com/noskoningshuis (see also in the article above)

  4. Revelation
    30/04/2013

    With so many of Dutch extraction and considering our traditional rather close ties to Holland,,its sad we cant watch the coranation on Canadian Television.

  5. hollandathome
    12/04/2013

    Hi Jennifer

    If you click on the link entitled ‘live report of the coronation’ in the article above it will take you directly to the live Internet stream by NOS. Alternatively you can paste the full link into your web browser:
    http://nos.nl/dossier/467420-troonswisseling/tab/638/live/
    Have a great 30th April!

  6. Jennifer kastein
    12/04/2013

    I live in Toronto, ON canada. Is there any way for me to watch the inauguration live on tv? Perhaps a channel I can subscribe to?

    J. Kastein

    • Johanna Bernard
      12/04/2013

      get a satelite dish!

    • maureen vigil
      29/04/2013

      Hi Jennifer,
      you can also watch it on You Tube

      • Dick
        30/04/2013

        How do you do it on You Tube? Dick

        • maureen
          30/04/2013

          Type NOS KONINGSHUIS, do you speak dutch??

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