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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.
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?