Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Abdicates

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What has long been suspected has come to pass. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has decided to abdicate.

This will place her 45-year-old son, Willem-Alexander, on the throne as the new Dutch monarch. The prince’s eldest daughter, Princess Catharina-Amalia, will become the first in line to the throne.

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix ascended the throne of the Netherlands on April 30th, 1980. She became queen upon the abdication of her mother, Queen Juliana.



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