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Queen Beatrix to abdicate Dutch throne as son becomes nation’s first king in more than a century
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.

The announcement, in a nationally televised speech, signaled an end to the reign of one of Europe’s longest-serving monarchs, whose time on the throne was marked by tumultuous shifts in Dutch society and, more recently, by personal tragedy.

The queen’s abdication from the largely ceremonial role had been widely expected, but it is sure to bring an outpouring of sentimental and patriotic feelings among the Dutch, most of whom adore Beatrix. In everyday conversation, many of her subjects refer to her simply by the nickname “Bea.” (AFP/Getty Images; AP Photo/Toussaint Kluiters;  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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    I don’t want Queensday to change into Kingsday and be on 27 April, Alexander is just a spoiled boy :/
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    actually impressed..
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    Is anyone else super bored of all of this peaceful transfer of power/abdication bullshit? COME ON, YOU GUYS! GET OUT THE...
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