Dutch Queen Beatrix to abdicate
- Published: 29 Jan 2013 at 01.44
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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced Monday that she would abdicate in favour of her son Crown Prince Willem Alexander after 33 years in power.
Dutch Queen Beatrix seen here during a four-day visit to Germany on April 13, 2011.
"It is with the greatest of confidence, that I will hand over the throne on April 30 to my son, Willem Alexander, Prince of Orange," Beatrix said in a televised address, using the official title of the heir apparent.
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