Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has handed over power to her son Willem-Alexander, with the whole thing being streamed live across the globe.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has become the first ever monarch to stream their abdication from the throne to a live audience, with the Dutch Queen handing power over to her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a ceremony that is streaming live on YouTube right now.
Queen Beatrix, here with Emma Thompson, was a popular figure in The Netherlands.
Queen Beatrix, 75, signed the instrument of abdication in the capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam, earlier today after 33 years on the throne. Willem-Alexander will take on the responsibility, becoming the first King of the Netherlands since the 19th century. As can be=e seen from the stream of proceedings, Amsterdam is currently awash with orange-clad pro-Royal citizens who wanted to see off the much-loved Queen and welcome in her son as the country's monarch. Street parties have been planned up and down the country to see in the crowning of the new monarch.