Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander crowned

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Willem-Alexander became the first king of the Netherlands since 1890 today, ascending a throne largely stripped of political power but still invested with enormous symbolic significance for the Dutch people. At his investiture in Amsterdam’s 600-year-old Nieuwe Kerk, or New Church, the 46-year-old monarch swore an oath to uphold the Dutch constitution and stressed the need for unity at a time of economic crisis. “I take office in a period when many in the kingdom feel vulnerable or uncertain. Vulnerable in their job or in their health, uncertain about their income or their immediate environment,” Willem-Alexander said at his inauguration, attended by crown princes and princesses and other…

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