After 120 years, Netherlands gets king
Beatrix appears with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima on the balcony of the royal palace on Tuesday to greet the public after her abdication in Amsterdam.
April 30th, 2013
12:42 PM ET

After 120 years, Netherlands gets king

Willem-Alexander became the first Dutch king in more than 120 years on Tuesday as his mother, Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne, ending 33 years as the country's monarch.

The 75-year-old monarch handed over power in a constitutionally ordained ceremony in the Mozes Hall of the royal palace in Amsterdam. The transfer became official as she signed the "instrument of abdication" that means she will now be known as Princess Beatrix.

Cheers erupted from crowds gathered outside the palace who were watching proceedings on a big screen as the queen signed the document. CNN's Max Foster reported that many in the Netherlands had been partying well into the night.

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Live Blog: Murdochs, Brooks, police testify in phone-hacking scandal
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks testifies at a UK hearing.
July 19th, 2011
02:12 PM ET

Live Blog: Murdochs, Brooks, police testify in phone-hacking scandal

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[Updated at 6:16 p.m. GMT, 2:16 p.m. ET]  Bit of a twist at the end – and an intriguing cliffhanger request from Brooks.

At the end of her session, she asked that, when she is freed from legal constraints – remember, she has been arrested and bailed – she be invited back again to be questioned by the committee. Committee members said they were fine with that.

And with that, Brooks left the hearing.