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King Willem-Alexander takes Dutch throne

Dutch Queen Beatrix, left, looks down as she prepares to sign the Act of Abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, center, who sits next to his wife Princess Maxima in the Mozeszaal or Mozes hall of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tuesday April 30, 2013. Around a million people are expected to descend on the Dutch capital for a huge street party to celebrate the first new Dutch monarch in 33 years. AP/Michel Porro, pool

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander became Europe’s youngest monarch on Tuesday after his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicated and his country hailed the avowedly 21st-century king with a massive, orange-hued party.

Posted: April 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Dutch Queen Beatrix to abdicate in favor of son

Image taken of a TV screen showing Dutch Queen Beatrix announcing she will abdicate April 30, 2014, during a speech prerecorded in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday Jan. 28, 2013. Beatrix, who turns 75 on Thursday, has ruled the nation of 16 million for more than 32 years and would be succeeded by her eldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander. AP/NOS Television/Peter Dejong

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced Monday that she would abdicate in favor of her son Crown Prince Willem Alexander at the end of April after 33 years in power.

Posted: January 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »