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Dutch schools color orange for new king

More than a million Dutch school children are participating in the "King's Games" Friday, a day of sports and games as festivities get underway to celebrate of the accession of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander to the throne next week.

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AMSTERDAM —

More than a million Dutch school children are participating in the "King's Games" Friday, a day of sports and games as festivities get underway to celebrate of the accession of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander to the throne next week.

Willem-Alexander and his wife Princess Maxima formally opened the games in the eastern city of Enschede. In all, 65,000 primary schools around the country are expected to participate, and most of the rest that didn't sign up formally are still celebrating in some way. Kids are wearing orange T-shirts in honor of the royal family, the ruling House of Orange.

Asked what he was enjoying most, the prince said he appreciated the "enthusiasm with which everyone has looked forward to this."

Willem-Alexander will become king when his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicates Tuesday.

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