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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to abdicate for son

11:55 pm - 01/28/2013
    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to abdicate for son

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced she is abdicating in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander.

In a pre-recorded address broadcast on TV, she said she would formally stand down on 30 April.
The queen, who is approaching her 75th birthday, said she had been thinking bout this moment for several years and that now was "the moment to lay down my rown".
Queen Beatrix has been head of state since 1980, when her mother bdicated.
In the short televised statement, the queen said it was time for the throne to be held by "a new generation", adding that her son was ready to be king.
Prince Willem-Alexander, 45, is married to Maxima Zorreguieta, a former investment banker from Argentina, and has three young children. He is a trained pilot and an expert in water management.
He will become the Netherlands' first king since Willem III, who died in 1890.
Speaking on television immediately after the abdication announcement, Dutch rime Minister Mark Rutte paid tribute to the queen.
"Since her coronation... she has applied herself heart and soul for Dutch society," he said.

Abdication 'tradition'

Queen Beatrix is the sixth monarch from the House of Orange-Nassau, which has ruled the Netherlands since the early 19th Century.Correspondents say she is extremely popular with most Dutch people, but her abdication was widely expected and will not provoke a constitutional crisis.

Under Dutch law, the monarch has few powers and the role is considered ceremonial.
In recent decades it has become the tradition for the monarch to abdicate.
Queen Beatrix's mother Juliana resigned the throne in 1980 on her 70th birthday, and her grandmother Wilhelmina abdicated in 1948 at the age of 68.
Queen Beatrix will be 75 on Thursday.
She has remained active in recent years, but her reign has also seen traumatic events.
In 2009 a would-be attacker killed eight people when he drove his car into crowds watching the queen and other members of the royal family in a national oliday parade.
In March last year her second son, Prince Friso, was struck by an avalanche in Austria and remains in a coma.


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Queen Beatrix is seen by many in the Netherlands as a surrogate grandmother. Most office buildings and universities proudly display her glamorous portrait, decorated in a range of suitably colourful costumes.
She enjoys high approval ratings and is one of the most popular ruling monarchs in Europe. Under Dutch law it is still illegal to insult the queen.
Her abdication is bound to raise interest in the UK, where Queen Elizabeth II is 86 and recently celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. But the situation is different in the Netherlands, where the queen is following recent tradition by abdicating, as her mother and grandmother did before her.
Prince Willem-Alexander's wife, Maxima, is arguably the most attention-generating member of the Dutch royal family. She is expected to be
given the unofficial title Queen Maxima.
The queen will hand over to her son on Queen's Day on 30 April - already one of the biggest and most raucous celebrations on the Dutch calendar.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21237254


OP: I hope I did alright with the lay-out and such.
The news of the abdication isn't entirely unexpected. People have been speculating about it for years now, and as soon as it was announced that she was going to make an announcement, people were pretty much sure it was going to be this. It's going to be strange, though - she's the only Queen I've ever known! :p Not to mention having a king again...
gashinenai 29th-Jan-2013 09:08 am (UTC)
they've just talked about it on the news here as well.
during the past 10 years or so she's been through so much s***, it must have been horrible for her, so I can understand why she thinks it's about time she steps down.
ultra_obscene84 29th-Jan-2013 11:04 am (UTC)
:( It was going to happen. She's been through a lot. I'm surprised that it would've been so soon.
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