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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announces abdication: The new King's standard and coat of arms
From his investiture onwards, HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands will fly the royal standard. The royal standard will be flown above the palaces where the monarch resides and works and at Eikenhorst in Wassenaar when he is in the country. Queen Wilhelmina adopted this standard in 1908, and it has also been flown by Queen Juliana and Queen Beatrix.
From the time of his investiture the King will also use the royal coat of arms. This coat of arms is identical to the one used by HM Queen Beatrix. The royal coat of arms, which is the same as the coat of arms of the Kingdom, has only been altered once since the foundation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 1907, at the instigation of HM Queen Wilhelmina, the number of crowns was reduced to one, surmounting the shield. At the same time, it became possible to add the royal mantle, also surmounted by a crown. The addition of other decorative elements to the coat of arms is optional.
Illustrations of then HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands will use the same coat of arms as before 1980, which is identical to that of her sisters.