Monarchy of the Netherlands

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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