Dutch celebrate as first king in 120 years accedes to throne

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AMSTERDAM — Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated on Tuesday, handing over to her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, who became the first king of the Netherlands in more than 120 years. An estimated 25,000 well-wishers cheered outside the Royal Palace in Amsterdam as the abdication and automatic succession were broadcast live. The crowds had gathered in Dam Square from early on Tuesday to see the new king and his wife, Queen Maxima, as they stepped out onto the balcony of the Royal Palace. Beatrix blinked back tears as she presented her son. “Some moments ago I abdicated from…

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