Willem-Alexander has been the King for one year. In his first year on the throne, Willem-Alexander has been a modest ceremonial King, performed his duty, made royal visits and demonstrated his interest in society.
The successful Dutch Olympic athletes are set to return to home soil Monday.
The Eurovision Song Contest finale is the best viewed program of 2013, with almost five million viewers. The festival is closely followed by the inauguration of King William Alexander.
King Willem-Alexander has received the first copy of the Dream Book on Thursday at Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. Hans Wijers, chairman of the National Committee Inauguration, handed the book over to the king.
"I'm speechless, but I'm going to say a few words. That’s also a dream," said the king after he got the Dream Book in his hands. Willem-Alexander then thanked the committee and all the Dutch for the gift. "I hope this will last many years."
Protesters arrested in Amsterdam's Dam Square on April 30 during the inauguration have requested a face-to-face meeting with new King Willem-Alexander.
Republican activist Hans Maessen wrote a letter stating that he and Joanna van der Hoek want to exchange points of views about how to better protect freedom of speech in the Netherlands.
The two activists who were on the Dam Square to protest against the monarchy were arrested by police and released shortly thereafter. The police has since acknowledged an error in judgment, and apologized to both Maessen and van der Hoek.
The arrest of a man and a woman during the inauguration in Amsterdam was absolutely not premeditated. This is the conclusion of mayor Eberhard van der Laan of Amsterdam, after the investigation.
The exhibition on royal inaugurations, which shows in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, has attracted about 3700 visitors in its first opening weekend . This was reported by a spokeswoman of the exhibition. Last Saturday the exhibition opened its doors.
‘A beautiful weekend. We are very satisfied,’ said the spokeswoman.
The exhibition is about the inaugurations of seven generations of the Orange family and will last for exactly 100 days.
Mayor Eberhard van der Laan of Amsterdam said on Thursday in the Nieuwe Kerk, that the arrest of two activists on Dam Square during the abdication and inauguration is 'a serious matter'.
"It was an obvious mistake," said Van der Laan. "It was a very unfortunate combination of things. Demonstrations and freedom of expression are fundamental rights. If something goes wrong there, it hurts us very much.”
Prime Minister Mark Rutte awarded on Thursday afternoon the first seven medals to persons who actively contributed to the smooth running of the inauguration. The medal is a tangible reminder of King Willem-Alexander's ascension to the throne.
Rutte presented the medals to representatives of emergency services, civil servants, police, military, volunteers and others. The Prime Minister handed out the medals at a meeting organized by the municipality in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. The Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, delivered a speech there.
Hundreds of people are standing in line to visit De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam where the inauguration took place yesterday. The church still looks exactly the same as during the ceremony.
The municipality of Amsterdam paid residents of houses around De Nieuwe Kerk five hundred euros per house to leave during the inauguration.
Willem-Alexander was inaugurated in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam as the new king of the Netherlands on Tuesday morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In one year's time the confidence in Willem-Alexander as future King has increased considerably. In 2012, 59 percent of the Dutch trusted him for the job. This is now 69 percent according to the Throne Exchange IPSOS survey research commissioned by the NOS.
The increase is primarily due to the television interview with the future King and Queen, which aired last Wednesday. Almost half of the Dutch (48 percent) think positively about Willem-Alexander.
Queen Beatrix will host a farewell dinner at the Hall of Fame of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on Monday. The foreign guests who will attend the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander a day later have been invited to the farewell dinner. For the ceremony at the Nieuwe Kerk, many foreign royals have traveled to Amsterdam.
Although companies come up with many 'Oranje' advertising campaigns about the inauguration, these campaigns are fewer than campaigns for a World Cup or European Championship, according to Gonnie Spijkers in his advertisement blog ‘Verse Reclame’.
About 20,000 people want the House to debate on the salary of the future king, Willem-Alexander. They have signed a citizens initiative of the New Republican Society (NRG) circulated in recent weeks.
To get the issue on the agenda of the House, supporters must get 40,000 signatures, as reported by campaign leader Hans Maessen of the NRG on Thursday.
The society thinks that a net salary of 150,000 euro is enough for King Willem-Alexander. After the inauguration, the king will earn 850,000 euro per year tax free.
Music producer Eric van Tijn is unhappy about the artists who sang the King’s Song. He thinks they have totally let down Composer John Ewbank after all the criticisms. "It could and should have been done differently," says Van Tijn.
All 51 artists could also have formed a block, after the criticisms, and could have said, for instance, “We think it is a beautiful song and we worked on it with much passion and joy. So we are just going to sing it." "Instead they remained dead silent,” says van Tijn today in the Telegraaf.
The National Committee Inauguration confirmed on Monday that it would use the original song of John Ewbank. The singers have indicated interest in continuing the project. and the concert in Ahoy will proceed as planned.
Composer John Ewbank pulled the song back on Saturday night after a storm of criticism. The Committee said, “Since the launch of the song, there has been a wave of reactions, mostly positive. It is clear that there are also critical voices in our society about parts of the song's lyrics.”
After composer John Ewbank withdrew the previously selected official King’s Song, other artists are working hard on songs in honor of the abdication of Beatrix and the inauguration of Willem-Alexander. Among others Henny Huisman, Wim de Bie and Dries Roelvink are busy making an alternative song.
Shopkeepers and cafe owners in the inner city of Amsterdam can pull out their orange and red, white and blue flags, banners and balloons beginning Tuesday. From April 23 till May 1, entrepreneurs may decorate the facades and streets for the inauguration on April 30.