Relatives and friends of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines  disaster at  a national commemoration ceremony in Amsterdam yesterday. Photograph: Jasper Juinen-Pool/Getty Images

The day is already being remembered as 17/7, the Netherlands’ own 9/11 – and so it was fitting that the centrepiece of yesterday’s national day of r(...)

People attend the celebrations for the new King Willem-Alexander who succeeds his mother Queen Beatrix, in Amsterdam’s Dam Square today. Photograph: Kevin Coombs/Reuters

King Willem-Alexander has become the first Dutch male monarch in more than a century after his mother Beatrix abdicated to end a 33-year reign.(...)