Dutch royal Crown Prince Willem-Alexander became the nation's first male monarch in more than a century on Tuesday (30Apr13) after his mother Queen Beatrix stepped down as the head of state.
Beatrix chose to abdicate the throne after a 33-year reign and will now hold the title of Princess Beatrix while her son is elevated to King Willem-Alexander, the first Dutch king since 1890.
Struggling to contain her emotions, the much-loved Queen ended her reign in a nationally televised ceremony as both royals signed the official abdication document at the Royal Palace in Dam Square, Amsterdam.
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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has handed over power to her son Willem-Alexander, with the whole thing being streamed live across the globe.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has become the first ever monarch to stream their abdication from the throne to a live audience, with the Dutch Queen handing power over to her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a ceremony that is streaming live on YouTube right now.
Queen Beatrix, here with Emma Thompson, was a popular figure in The Netherlands.
Queen Beatrix, 75, signed the instrument of abdication in the capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam, earlier today after 33 years on the throne. Willem-Alexander will take on the responsibility, becoming the first King of the Netherlands since the 19th century. As can be=e seen from the stream of proceedings, Amsterdam is currently awash with orange-clad pro-Royal citizens who wanted to see off the much-loved Queen and welcome in her son as the country's monarch. Street parties have been planned up and down the country to see in the crowning of the new monarch.
Dutch royal Queen Beatrix has announced she is stepping down as the nation's head of state, so her son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander can become king.
Beatrix will abdicate the throne on 30 April (13) after over three decades as queen.
In a speech aired on local television on Monday (28Jan13), the 74 year old said, "Responsibility for our country must now lie in the hands of a new generation. I am deeply grateful for the great faith you have shown in me in the many years that I could be your queen."
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Dutch royal Queen Beatrix is set to spend New Year's in hospital following an operation on her knee.
The Dutch monarch, 67, has battled pain in her left knee for several years and will undergo an operation to fit an artificial replacement next week (begs26DEC05).
Queen Beatrix will have the operation in the Red Cross Hospital in the Hague, before journeying to Amsterdam for physiotherapy.
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