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'Playboy prince' is Netherlands king

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Dutch King Willem-Alexander has undergone a remarkable transformation from his image as a boozing Casanova, ill-equipped for the throne, to a serious family man well-loved by his people. 

Willem-Alexander, who took over from his mother, now Princess Beatrix after she abdicated on Tuesday, has been preparing for his accession by taking on more and more duties in a bid to shake off his immature reputation.

In an interview two weeks before the ceremony, Willem-Alexander, 46, said he wanted to be a traditional 21st century king but will not be a "protocol fetishist."

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