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Amsterdam floods with orange patriotism as Netherlands new king prepares to ascend the throne

  • A couple kiss near a railway in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, April 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

    A couple kiss near a railway in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, April 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)  (The Associated Press)

  • An image of Crown Prince Willem Alexander and souvenirs with The Netherlands flag colors decorates a shop window in Amsterdam, Netherlands Sunday, April 28, 2013.  Queen Beatrix announced she will relinquish the crown on April 30, 2013, after 33-years of reign, leaving the monarchy to her son Crown Prince Willem Alexander. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

    An image of Crown Prince Willem Alexander and souvenirs with The Netherlands flag colors decorates a shop window in Amsterdam, Netherlands Sunday, April 28, 2013. Queen Beatrix announced she will relinquish the crown on April 30, 2013, after 33-years of reign, leaving the monarchy to her son Crown Prince Willem Alexander. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)  (The Associated Press)

  • A crown and a dress with The Netherlands flag colors decorates a shop window in Amsterdam, Netherlands Sunday, April 28, 2013. Queen Beatrix announced she will relinquish the crown on April 30, 2013, after 33-years of reign, leaving the monarchy to her son Crown Prince Willem Alexander. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

    A crown and a dress with The Netherlands flag colors decorates a shop window in Amsterdam, Netherlands Sunday, April 28, 2013. Queen Beatrix announced she will relinquish the crown on April 30, 2013, after 33-years of reign, leaving the monarchy to her son Crown Prince Willem Alexander. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)  (The Associated Press)

The streets of Amsterdam are awash in the color orange in honor of the Netherlands' ruling House of Oranje-Nassau, as officials prepare for a once-in-a-generation rotation of royal titles — and the rest of the country gets ready to party.

National broadcaster NOS reported that Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his family were in the Royal Palace on the city's central Dam square Monday morning, rehearsing protocols for the ceremonies Tuesday. Queen Beatrix is to abdicate, Willem-Alexander become king, and his 9-year-old daughter Princess Catharina-Amalia become crown princess.

In the historic city center, vendors are hawking orange clothes; shopkeepers are hanging up orange flags and rolling in countless kegs of beer; while city workers are busy cleaning the streets and canals and setting up bright orange temporary urinals.