It was a big day for the Kingdom of The Netherlands yesterday as the Dutch celebrated the beginning of a new era with the abdication of HM Queen Beatrix (now Princess) and the inauguration of HM King Willem-Alexander, the first Dutch king in 123 years. Of course, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, who has known Willem-Alexander for many years, was on hand to welcome him into that exclusive club of sovereign monarchs.
At the Nieuwe Kerk for the oath, the Sovereign Prince was looking quite dashing in his collar of the Order of St Charles. He was seated next to Sjeikha Moza bint Nasser al Misned of Qatar and Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco. Behind him are Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark, possibly Prince Daniel of Sweden and there's no mistaking the familiar scowl of Herman Van Rumpuy way in the back.
Later, at the "after party" the Prince of Monaco came in alongside the newlyweds from Luxembourg, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Grand Duchess Stephanie.