King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands took on his first royal duty tonight as he greeted thousands of spectators lining the river IJ in Amsterdam.
Standing alongside his wife Queen Maxima and his three young daughters, the 46-year-old looked ever-so-regal, despite abandoning the ermine-lined ceremonial mantle he wore for his inauguration for a black tuxedo, as his boat headed the river pageant along the Dutch capital's historic waterfront.
Willem-Alexander was officially sworn in as king of the Netherlands at a colourful ceremony in Nieuwe Kerk, a decommissioned church attended by 2,000 visitors from around the world and his proud 75-year-old mother, who has taken the title Princess Beatrix.
He became the country's first king since 1890 when Beatrix signed the abdication deed after 33 years on the throne this morning. She smiled happily, watching her son swear an oath of allegiance to his country and the constitution in the historic New Church with her three granddaughters, Catharina-Amalia, Ariane and Alexia, who all wore matching royal blue dresses.
In a speech in the church, Europe's youngest monarch underscored the ceremonial nature of his monarchy in this egalitarian society but also the symbolic and economic value a king can deliver on state visits aimed at drumming up trade. 'I will proudly represent the kingdom and help discover new opportunities,' he said. ( see video on the front page)
The investiture ceremony was the final formal act on a day of high emotion within the House of Orange-Nassau and was followed by an evening boat tour around the historic Amsterdam waterfront.
On the gallery above, find the exclusive report form the Daily Mail Uk and the captions below. Enjoy. More on the Queen Maxima Jewelry soon. I promise!
1) Royal duty: King Willem-Alexander raises his right hand as he swears to uphold the Dutch constitution during his investiture ceremony next to Queen Maxima in the Nieuwe Kerk or New Church in Amsterdam
2) Blue vision: Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima take their place in Nieuwe Kerk or New Church in Amsterdam for his inauguration
3) As King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima took centre stage in Nieuwe Kerk, a decommissioned church, Princess Beatrix smiled happily, watching the proceedings with her three granddaughters, who all wore matching royal blue dresses
4) Pledge: King Willem-Alexander, wearing a fur-trimmed ceremonial mantle, swore an oath of allegiance to his country and the constitution
5)Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands arrives with Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau in black with her granddaughters Princess Ariane, Catharina-Amalia Princess of Orange, and Princess Alexia
6)Momentous: King Willem-Alexander is the first Dutch king since Willem III died in 1890
7)Guests: Prince Charles and Camilla in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam for the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander
8)High profile guests: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were among thousands of people who gathered in the decommissioned church
9)A glamorous affair: Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, left, arrived alongside Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel
10)Famous faces: From left to right: Japan's Crown Princess Masako, Prince Nahurito, Qatar's Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al Misned, Morocco's Princess Lalla Salma and Prince Albert II of Monaco at the inauguration
11)Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed al Nahyan , left of the United Arab Emirates arrives for the inauguration and Sjeikha Moza bint Nasser al Misned of Qatar, right
12) Future: In a speech in the church, Europe's youngest monarch underscored the ceremonial nature of his monarchy in this egalitarian society but also the symbolic and economic value a king can deliver on state visits aimed at drumming up trade
13)Attendance: Princess Letizia of Spain and Prince Felipe of Spain walk down the aisle to take their seats
14) Golden times: The regalia - crown, sceptre, globus cruciger and sword of state- lie at the credence-table during the ceremony 15)Official: Members of the royal household are seen lining up behind the new king and queen
16)Marking the moment: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima and their daughters pose flanked by members of the royal household, heads of state and government and special guests during the photo-call
17)New phase: The family pose for an official portrait commissioned to mark the handover of the throne today
Fellow countrymen: Dutch Prince Constantijn, King Willem's younger brother, and his wife Princess Laurentien, left, attended as well as Dutch Princess Christina, Beatrix's younger sister, and her son Bernardo, right
Roll call: Crown Prince Naruhito, eldest son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, arrived with his wife Crown Princess Masako and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane Annan on the blue carpet, right
Purple and pink: Crown Prince Billah and Crown Princess Sarah of Brunei, left, made an appearance alongside Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium
On show: Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, left, and his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit
Blue carpet entrance: Dutch Prince Bernhard, cousin of King Willem-Alexander, and his wife Princess Annette make their way across before Prince Charles and Camilla