“Responsibility for our country must now lie in the hands of a new generation,” Beatrix said in the simple, televised speech announcing her abdication, on the 28th of January 2013. The Dutch Queen Beatrix, who turns 75 in just a few days, said she will step down from the throne on April 30. His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange is the successor to the throne.
The Queen’s abdication signals the end of the reign of one of Europe’s longest serving monarchs. She assumed the throne in 1980 when her mother, Queen Julianna, stepped down after 32 years.
The official programme for the abdication and investiture will take place on 30 April 2013. Her Majesty the Queen will sign the Instrument of Abdication at the Royal Palace, Amsterdam. The investiture of His Majesty the King will then take place at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. He will be the Netherlands’ first king since Willem III died in 1890. Willem-Alexander is a 45-year-old father of three young daughters, an International Olympic Committee member, a pilot and a water management expert.
From 2014 onwards, King’s Day will be celebrated on 27 April, the birthday of the Prince of Orange and future King Willem-Alexander.
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- Each year on April 30th, it is Queen’s Day! (studyinamsterdam.wordpress.com)