Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has signed the official act of abdication at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, making her son Willem-Alexander the first King of the nation in 120 years. Beatrix abdicated after a 33 year reign.
Princess Beatrix of Netherlands (C), her son, Dutch King Willem-Alexander (L) and his wife Queen Maxima wave to the crowd from the balcony of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, April 30, 2013. The Netherlands is celebrating Queen's Day, which will also mark the abdication of Queen Beatrix and the investiture of her eldest son Willem-Alexander.
A crowd gathered in Dam Square to watch as King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix sign the act of abdication in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander kisses his mother Princess Beatrix as Queen Maxima looks on from the balcony of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima leave Nieuwe Kerk church after the religious crowning ceremony in Amsterdam.