January 28, 2013

Popular Dutch monarch to abdicate throne

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch Queen Beatrix says she will abdicate April 30.

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Queen Beatrix formally opens the new parliamentary year with a speech in The Hague, Netherlands, in this Sept. 20, 2011, photo.


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In this 2007 photo, Queen Beatrix, center, greets Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, and Prince Philip, right, at Rotterdam airport, Netherlands.


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Beatrix, who turns 75 on Thursday, has ruled the nation of 16 million for more than 32 years and would be succeeded by her eldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander.

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In this April 30, 1980, photo, Princess Juliana, right, just after her abdication, kisses her eldest daughter Queen Beatrix on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Netherlands.



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