Before you leave home tomorrow, make sure to don something of an orange hue. For that's the colour of the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau, whose members will be attending the formal abdication of Queen Beatrix in the morning (3pm Tuesday, Thai time) followed by the investiture of her son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, as that country's new monarch.
Queen Beatrix makes an appearance on the balcony of one of her palaces with Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his consort, Princess Maxima.
And April 30 is a particularly suitable day for the event. It is the birthday of Queen Juliana, the Queen Mother, and has been celebrated as Queen's Day in the Netherlands since 1948.
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