January 28th, 2013
01:19 PM ET

Netherlands queen to step aside; son will take throne

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.

We'll provide more details as they come in to CNN.

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  1. michaelsnow

    have a grand ol time

    January 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. hamisu sambe galadinci

    Kudos! to her majesty,i hope this w'll served as a lession,to our African Royals,who believed that it's better to die disgracefully, then to abdicate in humble manner. Sambe.

    January 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Xellious

    How do I become king?

    January 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shanan

      Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

      January 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • GTA

      "Help! I'm being repressed! Can't you see him repressing me?......"

      January 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Badly-Bent

    Boy, does she look like a character straight out of the Looking Glass?

    January 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Wafflemania

    "A King Edward Jerry! A King Edward! I am gonna THINK about THIS!"

    January 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Lomez

    Strange women, lying in ponds, distributing swrods, is no basis for a system of government

    January 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael

      My friends and I are going to start the "Strange Redheads In Samite Bikinis Lobbin Scimitars As a Basis For a System Of Government Party" You are hereby invited to join, you silly person, you.

      January 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mari

      Monty Python is that you?

      January 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu in Iowa

      Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help, help, I'm being repressed!

      January 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      We're an Anarcho-Syndacalist commune...

      January 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. t2vodka

    So glad we don't have a queen and king.

    January 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      Why? It matters not.

      January 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mfgendron

    She was a great Queen for Holland. So was her mother Juliana. Queen Wilihemina died of syphillis.

    January 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Pablo

    Isn't this royalty business a little passe'?

    January 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ricky

    it must suck to be a King or Queen of a country without having any power.

    January 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • asdrel

      Yes, I'm sure that Queen Beatrix and Queen Elizabeth sob into their pillow every night.

      January 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • heliocracy

      Yeah it really sucks to be filthy rich and beloved.

      January 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Orkinman

    Never been to Holland I guess.

    January 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Todd

    oh look, its the Bilderberg

    January 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Smarter than ewe

    Lindsey Lohan in a few months?

    January 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Queen Beatrix has served her wonderful nation beautifully.

    January 28, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Paul Williamson

    Not a bad job; nice lodgings, wealth, fame, and respect, no real responsibility -all you have to do is show up at ribbon-cutting ceremonies and avoid scandal being reported in the tabloids (at least keep it a secret).

    January 28, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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