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.


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.



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