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Congratulations for the royal couple!

The inauguration of Prince Willem-Alexander as king of the Netherlands was major news at home and abroad. Over a thousand journalists from all over the world came to Amsterdam to report on the event and the inauguration was watched in millions of homes. The abdication, oath swearing and homage ceremonies were followed by huge celebrations. Museumplein (Museum Square) was transformed into Oranjeplein (Orange Square) for the day.

Amsterdam was festively decorated for the occasion. The entire city was clad in special dressings whose design was based on the new king’s initials, WA. The Van Gogh Museum joined in the congratulations and affixed a picture of the royal couple on a gigantic sticker, over 5 x 2.5 metres in size, to the Kurokawa Wing.