Queen Beatrix to abdicate throne
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
On Monday at 19:00 local time (1800 Netherlands held a speech on radio and television, announcing she will abdicate the throne on April 30. is to become King of the Netherlands.), of the
Prior to the Queen's announcement, local media suggested she would abdicate. Following the Queen's address, Dutch prime minister's response was broadcast.
In her speech, she stated her main considerations for laying down the Crown were the culmination of several events; among those are her 75th birthday on January 31, and the upcoming celebration of the 200-year anniversary of the Dutch monarchy. She also stated the "time has come for a new generation to take responsibility."((nl)) The Queen expressed her gratitude toward the people of the Dutch Kingdom for their ongoing support during her reign.
- "Speech by H.M. the Queen" — , January 29, 2013
- "Toespraak van H.M. de Koningin" — , January 28, 2013 (Dutch)
- "Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to abdicate for son" — , January 28, 2013
- "Koningin Beatrix treedt af" — , January 28, 2013 (Dutch)
- "Bronnen: troonsafstand 30 april" — , January 28, 2013 (Dutch)