Apr 30 '13 18:04

The municipality of Amsterdam paid residents of houses around De Nieuwe Kerk five hundred euros per house to leave during the inauguration.

Apr 30 '13 17:16

The providers are coping well with the extra demand for phone services around the crowning. No major problems occurred so far.

Apr 30 '13 17:14

Just after 4pm a stabbing occurred at the entrance of the Central Station in Amsterdam. One person was brought to hospital with unknown injuries.

Apr 30 '13 16:19

The supermarkets, sandwich shops and snack bars are full with hungry people. But also the shops selling other items are busy. Almost all stores and hospitality venues on Amsterdam Central Station are open on Queensday.

Apr 30 '13 15:58

The police apologized for arresting two republican protestors who were protesting against the monarch on de Dam in Amsterdam. They brought them back to the center of the city.

Apr 30 '13 15:23

Willem-Alexander was inaugurated in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam as the new king of the Netherlands on Tuesday morning.

Apr 30 '13 07:53

Only a few ruling dynasties will not be represented at the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander. The Dutch Royal family will welcome an impressive delegation of the remaining monarchies in the world. The most prominent guests are Britain's Prince Charles, the Japanese royal couple and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Apr 30 '13 07:46

Tickets for the King’s Ball, which will be held on Tuesday night at the Museumplein in Amsterdam, have not been sold out as there are still almost 250 tickets available, according to a spokesperson of the municipality of Amsterdam.

There were about 3,000 tickets, each at 10 euro, for seats at the grandstand at the Museumplein. For those who prefer to stand, listening to the concert is free.

Apr 30 '13 07:43

Because of the inauguration, particularly the preparations for it, 70 cars have been towed in recent days in Amsterdam. The 70 cars were parked on streets that will be closed during the inauguration on Tuesday. This was disclosed by a spokesperson of the Department for City Surveillance on Monday.

The cars were mostly moved to a parking lot of the department at the Daniel Goedkoopstraat in Amsterdam-Oost. Their owners do not have to pay towing fees since they had already parked their car before the signs were placed.

Apr 30 '13 07:40

Despite large numbers of people who attended the festivities in the four big cities on Monday night, no serious incident was reported.

The Queen's Day eve, which was held this year for the very last time, is traditionally a night full of festivities but, unfortunately, sometimes also of much aggression and vandalism. Not this year.

Apr 30 '13 00:48

On Monday an attempt was made to blast an ATM in Berkel en Rodenrijs, north of Rotterdam. The machine was intact, according to the police. "It appears to be a failed ATM robbery. We are still investigating what happened."

Near the machine, the police found two cylinders filled with gas, which are standard tools of ATM robbers. There was no trace of the perpetrators. The police took action because the burglar alarm had gone off at that branch of ABN Amro.

Apr 29 '13 18:25

The Netherlands attracts many foreign investors. However, those companies pay only little tax because just a small part of their ‘investments’ end up in the real economy.

Apr 29 '13 17:08

An 86-year-old woman from Amersfoort was hit by a car in church on Sunday night.

Apr 29 '13 16:42

The boy who is suspected by the police for placing the Leiden-shooting threat on the Internet didn’t place the message himself. His lawyer Rens Charité said this.

Apr 29 '13 16:06

One last time will Beatrix address the country as the queen, tonight with her farewell speech. Just like her mother did 33 years ago.

Apr 29 '13 15:21

The police chased two suspects with 20 cars, 10 motorcycles and a helicopter to the entrance of the Amsterdamse Bos on Monday, after an armed robbery in Amsterdam-West.

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