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Published on NewsOK Modified: February 27, 2013 at 8:46 am •  Published: February 27, 2013

In the early evening, the new King Willem-Alexander and his Argentine-born wife Maxima will take a boat trip around the city's Ij waterway.

The Ij was chosen over a trip around the city's famed 400-year old ring of canals because it is easier to control crowds along the river banks than in the maze of narrow side streets that link the canals.

And there will be no giant firework show to crown the day's festivities — Van der Laan said it wouldn't be dark enough when the royals finish their boat trip.

For those in the city who don't want to head to the water's edge, the huge public square behind the Rijksmuseum will be turned into an "Orange Square" where revelers can watch events unfold on giant screens.