Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand was born on April 27, 1967. He assumed the throne when his mother, Queen Beatrix, abducted in favor of her son on April 30, 2013. Willem-Alexander married Máxima Zorreguieta in 2002. The couple has three daughters.
The new King of the Netherlands, Willem Alexander, who ascended the throne on Tuesday following the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix. The celebrations and huge crowds left no doubt about the popularity of the monarchy in the Netherlands. Jacques Arnold is with the Constitutional Monarchy Association and told Helen Seeney why he thinks kings and queens still have a relevant role to play.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced that she will formally abdicate the throne on April 30, in favor of her eldest son, Prince Willem-Alexander. So what does her abdication mean for the Netherlands? DW asked journalist John Tyler whether this had been expected.