Enthronement of King Willem-Alexander stamps from the Netherlands

May 2nd, 2013

Post NL issued two symbolic stamps celebrating the enthronement of King Willem-Alexander on the 30th of April 2013. Willem-Alexander became the first king of the Netherlands since 1890, 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.

April 30 became an occasion for partying in the Netherlands, and Amsterdam was awash with orange - the colour of the House of Orange. About 25,000 people, dressed in orange or wearing orange wigs, hats, feather boas and crowns, massed in Dam Square next to the Royal Palace to watch the abdication and inauguration broadcasted live.