Netherlands Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden

Abdication of Queen Beatrix

On 28 January 2013, Her Majesty the Queen delivered an official address to the nation, announcing her upcoming abdication from the throne. The official abdication and succession of the new king and queen will take place at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam on 30 April 2013 (Queen’s Day). Members of the media can apply for accreditation between until Monday 25 March at 17:00.

During her national address on Monday, 28 January 2013, Her Majesty the Queen announced her decision to abdicate in spring 2013. “As you all know, in a few days I hope to celebrate my 75th birthday. I am thankful that I have been granted the opportunity to do so in good health,” began Queen Beatrix. “At the end of this year we shall mark the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, an occasion that ushered in a new era in our history. The fact that these two special events coincide led me to decide to relinquish the throne this year.”

The Queen will be succeeded her eldest son Willem-Alexander. His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange will become King Willem-Alexander, while his spouse, Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands will become Queen Máxima. King Willem-Alexander will be the nation’s first king since 1890 and will be 46 years old when he ascends to the throne.

30 April 2013

Queen’s Day (30 April) is renowned for being one of the biggest and most colourful festivities in the Netherlands, and especially so in Amsterdam. The announcement that this special day in 2013 will also mark the official programme of abdication and investiture means that the eyes of the world will be watching the city, while it will also be a very special occasion for everyone in Amsterdam. On this day, Her Majesty the Queen will sign the Instrument of Abdication at the Royal Palace, Amsterdam. The investiture of His Majesty the King and Queen Máxima will then take place at the Nieuwe Kerk. The new king is then expected to appear on the balcony of the Royal Palace to greet the people.

Additional information about the abdication and an overview of the official programme (including times) can be found on the Royal House website.

King’s Day

As of 2014, King’s Day (Koningsdag) will be officially celebrated on 27 April, the birthday of the future king – although the first King’s Day will actually be held on Saturday, 26 April 2014, as the event is traditionally not celebrated on a Sunday. On this occasion in 2014, the Royal Family will visit two locations in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area: Amstelveen and De Rijp.


Media representatives can apply for accreditation from until Monday 25 March at 17:00. It is possible to apply for admission to press facilities for the abdication and investiture, specifically:

  • Dinner in the Rijksmuseum (Monday evening 29 April)
  • Abdication and investiture ceremonies (Tuesday 30 April)
  •  Water pageant on the IJ (Tuesday 30 April)

Incomplete applications or applications received after 17:00 on Monday 25 March will not be processed. For more information and submission of applications, please visit