Dutch give new king royal welcome

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It’s been a big week for the Dutch Royal Family. Queen Beatrix abdicated and passed the throne on to her son, Willem-Alexander. Italy’s Rai Uno reported on the wave of orange fever gripping the Netherlands.

The Dutch constitution says a new monarch must be enthroned as soon as possible after an abdication. In this case, the ceremony took place within four hours of his mother’s stepping down. France 2 had this report.

For the first time in more than a century, the Netherlands’ new monarch is a man. 18 royal families from around the world came to congratulate him. But the new king doesn’t wear the crown. Russia’s RTR went to find our why.

Outlining his new role, the king honoured his mother as guardian of Dutch democracy. Portugal’s RTP reported on a throne progressively emptied of political power.