Queen Beatrix to abdicate Dutch throne – National Post

January 31, 2013

According to the National Post:

Dutch Queen Beatrix announced Monday that she will abdicate on April 30 after 33 years as head of state, clearing the way for her eldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, to become the nation’s first king in more than a century.

“Responsibility for our country must now lie in the hands of a new generation,” Beatrix said in the speech delivered from her Huis ten Bosch palace just days before she was to turn 75.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte, a staunch monarchist, paid his respects in a speech that immediately followed Beatrix on all Dutch television channels.

To read the entire article in the National Post, please click here.

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on Prinsjesdag. Photo by Roel from The Netherlands-Nederland

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