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The Netherlands' Willem-Alexander became Europe's youngest monarch on Tuesday after his mother, queen Beatrix, abdicated and his country greeted their first king in 120 years with a massive party.

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King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (C, L) and his wife Queen Maxima (C, R) pose for a family photo with members of the royal household, heads of state and government and special guests, which, if you look closely, include His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. (AFP/POOL/MICHEL PORRO)

The Act of Abdication signed by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her son Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands during a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. (AFP/Michel Porro)

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Willem-Alexander sworn in as Dutch king

By Jan Hennop (AFP)

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands' Willem-Alexander became Europe's youngest monarch on Tuesday after his mother, queen Beatrix, abdicated and his country greeted their first king in 120 years with a massive orange-hued party.

Beatrix, 75, shed a tear before signing the act of abdication at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, witnessed by Willem-Alexander, 46, his Argentine-born Queen Maxima, 41, and members of the government.

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (L) and her son King Willem-Alexander look at the signed Act of Abdication together with Queen Maxima during a ceremony held at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. (AFP/Bart Maat)

A cry went up from the 25,000-strong crowd in the Dam, the main square opposite the palace where the signing was shown on giant screens.

Members of the public gather in Dam Square in front of the Royal Palace in central Amsterdam as they wait for members of the royal family to appear. (AFP/Carl Court)

Willem-Alexander, Maxima and Beatrix appeared in front of the crowds on the palace balcony, bedecked with roses and oranges – the symbol of the royal house – before heading for the enthronement ceremony in the neighbouring Nieuwe Kerk.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands kisses his mother Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands as they greet the crowd gathered on Dam Square from the balcony of the Royal in Palace Amsterdam, following the official abdication of Queen Beatrix. (AFP/Michel Porro)

Beatrix accompanied the king and queen's three daughters to the church, including their eldest, now Princess of Orange Catharina-Amalia, nine.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands swears to the constitution next to his wife Queen Maxima during his inauguration ceremony on April 30, 2013 at Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Amsterdam. (AFP/POOL/PETER DEJONG)

Before taking his oath, the king thanked his "dear mother" for the "many beautiful years during which she was our queen".

"I'm treading in your footsteps. I have a clear vision of my office. But no one knows what the future brings," he said.

"Wherever that path leads and however far it goes, I will carry your wisdom and warmth with me," he said.

pose – to stay in a particular position in order to be photographed วางท่าถ่ายรูป
royal household – the staff of a king or queen สำนักพระราชวัง
head of state – the official leader of a country who is sometimes also the leader of the government ประมุขแห่งรัฐ  ผู้นำของรัฐ
Crown Prince – (in some countries) a prince who will become king when the present king or queen dies or leaves office ทายาทของกษัตริย์ที่เป็นผู้ชาย
abdication – the process of giving up the position of being king or queen การสละราชสมบัติ
swear in – to make someone give a formal promise at an official ceremony, especially at the beginning of an important job สาบานตนเข้ารับตำแหน่ง, กล่าวคำปฏิญาณเพื่อรับตำแหน่งหน้าที่
monarch – a king or queen  กษัตริย์ หรือราชินี
massive – very large in size, amount or number ใหญ่โต
hue – a colour; a particular shade of a colour  สี
shed a tear – to cry a little, perhaps only one tear, in sadness
opposite – across from or facing someone or something ที่อยู่ตรงกันข้าม
witness – to see something happen – เป็นพยาน, มองเห็น,
appear – to be seen; to start to be seen ปรากฏตัว
balcony – a place where you can stand just outside an upper window. It sticks out from the wall of a building ระเบียง
bedeck – to decorate something/somebody with flowers, flags, precious stones, etc  ประดับประดา
symbol – someone or something that represents a particular idea or quality สัญลักษณ์
enthronement – the act of sitting on a throne (= a special chair) in a ceremony to mark the beginning of their rule  การขึ้นครองบัลลังก์
accompany – to go with someone ไปกับ,ไปด้วยกัน,ไปเป็นเพื่อน
eldest – oldest
constitution – the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by รัฐธรรมนูญ
inauguration – an official ceremony to celebrate that someone is starting an important new job พิธีสาบานตนเข้ารับตำแหน่ง
oath (of office) – a formal promise to carry out the duties of an important job คำสาบานตนเข้ารับตำแหน่ง
tread in someone’s footsteps – to do the same job, have the same style of life, etc. as somebody else, especially somebody in your family ดำเนินรอยตาม
vision – the ability to imagine how a country, society, industry, etc. could develop in the future and to plan in a suitable way วิสัยทัศน์
wisdom – the knowledge that a society or culture has gained over a long period of time ปัญญา

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