Queen Beatrix will abdicate in a couple days and her son will become the country's first king since his great-great-grandfather. A coronation is a nice little birthday present, too:
With just three days to go before he officially becomes king, crown prince Willem-Alexander celebrates his 46th birthday on April 27.
Willem-Alexander, the Netherland’s first king since 1890, will be less focused on affairs of state and more on fulfilling his role as a binding force in the community at large, royal watchers say...
Although many expected the prince would take the title Willem IV, the prince will be known as king Willem-Alexander and his wife Máxima will have the title queen.
Asked in the pre-investiture interview why he did not want to be named king Willem IV, the prince laughed and said he did not want to be a number. ‘Willem 4 is in a field, next to Bertha 38,’ he said, referring to the way cows are named and registered.