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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 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

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