The Dutch people are getting a new monarch. Willem-Alexander is being crowned King of the Netherlands in elaborate coronation ceremonies today in Amsterdam.
Queen Beatrix abdicated in favor of her son, Willem Alexander, ensuring the continuation of rule by the Orange-Nassau dynasty.
The BBC reports on the coronation.
Crowds of Dutch citizens are attending the celebrations of the coronation and royal souvenirs and memorabilia are available in Dutch shops. This is a powerful reminder of the durability of monarchies, even in the 21st century.
NIU students in HIST 414 European Wars of Religion will be interested in this story, having read about the Dutch Revolt and William of Orange.