Netherlands' Queen Beatrix (R) and her son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander are seen waving to well-wishers from the balcony of the Royal Noordeinde Palace after opening the new parliamentary year in The Hague on this April 15, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jerry
Dutch Queen Beatrix abdicates, Willem-Alexander to become king
Posted : Monday, 28 January 2013 11:28AM
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Queen Beatrix announced she would abdicate in favor of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a televised broadcast to the nation on Monday evening.
Willem-Alexander, 45, will become King of the Netherlands on April 30, she said, adding that she considered he was ready for the role. Queen Beatrix turns 75 on Thursday.
(Reporting by Sara Webb; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
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