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. Eric

    I lived in The Netherlands for seven years. She was a good Queen for the Dutch, I wish her well.

    January 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AMDG1961

    A lovely woman and a wonderful queen. God bless her and the Netherlands.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andy

    ...anachronistic do dah! Royalty is not my fancy. Giving favor to one due to their bloodline is beneath me.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Logic

    I never liked her since she put in with Voldemort.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu in Iowa

      She can't help it, he gave her the Elder Wand.

      January 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob Day

    I raise my glass of Jenever to you and those that support you.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    In Britain, Lizzie might consider the same thing if it weren't Chuckie in line after her.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    A friend of mine, one of the finest book editors in NYC, attended a Fifth Avenue party composed primarily of opera singers and conductors. He met a charming lady, simply dressed, with some pearls. She discussed writing and publishing with him for a long time, displaying impressive knowledge of his field, as well as of singing.
    Then my friend asked her, "and what do you do?"
    "I'm the Queen of the Netherlands," she said.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      There are lots of queens in the Netherlands...

      January 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ mb2010a:
      Yes.
      And in the Boy Scouts.

      January 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu in Iowa

      I guess you know that from personal experience. May as well come out of the closet, you are mainstream now.

      January 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Stu:
      Those who accuse are usually guilty of the same behavior themselves.
      Grow up.

      January 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu in Iowa

      Exactly what my message meant to the original poster.

      January 29, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Griptare

      Well, MY friend is friends with Harry Wales. They went to University together and they played on the same polo team for 3 years.

      This is also a lie.

      January 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Adam

    Didn't read the story did you? Nothing is being dismantled. She is stepping down and her son is assuming the throne.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Prophet Maximization

    If it adds gains while, and by, reducing costs across all Capital Allocation Categories (Life) to the Netherlands, then it is Profit Maximization. She can take a parental role and practice the skill of growing and developing the cognitive architecture that makes great royalty like a great parent does.

    January 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DefyTheGods

    ...and this is news because...?

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

      What's wrong with it....

      You rather read about another shooting?!

      January 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tonyh110

    How about her son helping a fellow royal out – like touring with Harry in Afghanistan

    January 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • snownova

      Willem-Alexander already completed his military dutin in the 80's, he's quite a bit older than Harry.

      January 30, 2013 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. LizzyV

    @mb2O1Oa : lull

    January 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Barbarajean martin

    High ho to the queen

    January 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alex

    I like monarchies. They are rather interesting and its great that
    families in royalty have something worthwhile to pass on to
    their children. As long as they aren't evil dictators
    monarchies are fine with me.

    January 28, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. WarPony

    Prince Willem-Alexander forfeited his (distant) succession rights to the throne of each of the sixteen Commonwealth Realms (like Canada and Australia, etc.), because he married a Roman Catholic. I wonder how that'll play out with the Quenn stepping aside?

    January 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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