Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has just announced in a recorded statement that she is to abdicate her throne on April 30 – 33 years to the day since she took over from her mother, Juliana, who also abdicated.
The queen will be 75 on Thursday.
Her son, Crown Prince Willem- Alexander will ascend the throne.
The queen's, or king's, position in the Netherlands is largely ceremonial with little real political power.
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