Beatrix of the Netherlands

Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander officially opens the new parliamentary year with a speech outlining the government's plan and budget policies for the year ahead, as his wife Queen Maxima, right, looks on in the 13th century "Hall of Knights" in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Lex van Lieshout, Pool)

Dutch king: say goodbye to welfare state

AMSTERDAM (AP) — King Willem-Alexander delivered a message to the Dutch people from the government Tuesday in a nationally televised address: the welfare state of the 20th century is gone. In its place a “participation […]

09/17/2013

Willem-Alexander, Dutch King, and Maxima, Dutch Queen with their children (l-r) Catharina-Amalia, Ariane, and Alexia. (AP Photo)

Willem-Alexander becomes new Dutch king

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Willem-Alexander became the first Dutch king in more than a century Tuesday and pledged to use his ceremonial position as head of state to help steer his country through uncertain economic times.

04/30/2013

Queen Elizabeth II

British queen not likely to follow Dutch example

LONDON (AP) — One European queen has announced her retirement. Any chance Europe’s most famous queen — Elizabeth II of Britain — might join her? Not likely, experts say.

01/29/2013

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Crown Prince Willem Alexander (AP Photo)

Dutch Queen Beatrix announces she is to abdicate

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — 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.

01/28/2013