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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is to abdicate in favour of her son Prince Willem-Alexander - an event which is being celebrated across the nation.
Queen Beatrix, 75, will sign the instrument of abdication in Amsterdam after 33 years on the throne. Willem-Alexander, 46, will then become the country's first king since Willem III, who died in 1890.
Huge crowds of orange-clad partygoers are expected to flood the capital, to pay tribute to the popular queen. Queen Beatrix will relinquish the throne at a short ceremony in the Royal Palace on Tuesday morning.
Willem-Alexander will then be sworn at the Nieuwe Kerk, before a joint session of the Dutch parliament. His wife Maxima, a 41-year-old Argentine-born investment banker, will become queen consort. In the evening, the royal family will take part in a water pageant.