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

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

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    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

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    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

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    People walk past a car decorated as a royal carriage in downtown 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/Emilio Morenatti)The Associated Press

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    A large inflatable crown sits on top of a building in downtown 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/Emilio Morenatti)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.