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Tue 30 Apr 2013 10:00 to 10:30 (Tue 30 Apr 2013 04:00 to 04:30 America/Kentucky/Monticello)

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands steps down

  • By Eva HS and 1 other
  • Last Update: 4 years ago
  • Netherlands

Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands passes on the throne to her son, Prince Willem-Alexander.

The Queen announced her abdication during a last-minute radio and television  broadcast  earlier this year. During the broadcast, Queen Beatrix, 75 years of age, said it was the right "moment to lay down my crown". 

"Responsibility for our country must now lie in the hands of a new generation," the Queen said, adding she was "deeply grateful for the great faith you have shown in me in the many years that I could be your Queen."

Prince Willem-Alexander is set to become the first Dutch king in over a century.

This is a subevent of: Queen's Day celebrations replaced by Dutch King inauguration - Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to abdicate for son on 1970-01-01 - Queen Beatrix of Netherlands to step aside on 1970-01-01

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