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Netherlands’ Queen to abdicate throne for son

January 29, 2013

THE HAGUE (AFP) – Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced Monday that she would abdicate in favour of her son Crown Prince Willem Alexander after 33 years in power.

“It is with the greatest of confidence, that I will hand over the throne on April 30 to my son, Willem Alexander, Prince of Orange,” Beatrix said in a televised address, using the official title of the heir apparent.

The queen, who is to turn 75 on Thursday, said her birthday and the 200-year anniversary of the monarchy in 2013 “were the reason for me to step down”.

“I’m not standing down because public service is too heavy for me, but because of the belief that responsibility for our country should be in the hands of a new generation,” she said.

Liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke immediately after Beatrix, “a queen in the heart of the community.”

“She has grown into a Dutch icon,” he said, also paying homage to Willem Alexander, who is to become the first Dutch king in over a century.

“He and Princess Maxima are fully prepared for the task,” Rutte said. “They will serve our country with devotion.”

Rutte, who is to chair an extraordinary cabinet meeting to discuss the royal change on Tuesday, said he hoped that April 30 would see a massive party throughout the Netherlands.

“A party that matches our feelings today,” Rutte said.

The day is traditionally the Dutch national holiday, Queen’s Day, which will in future fall on April 27, Willem Alexander’s birthday.

The coronation will take place in Amsterdam’s New Church, where both houses of parliament will also meet on the day, state broadcaster NOS said.

Beatrix’s much-loved mother Juliana also abdicated, in 1980, when her daughter stepped into her shoes at age 42.

Beatrix’s abdication ends more than 100 years of female reign on the Dutch throne.

Willem Alexander, 45, will become the first Dutch king since Willem III, who reigned until his death in 1890.

The announcement was “totally unexpected,” royal expert Reinildis van Ditzhuyzen told NOS.

“An abdication takes a lot of organisation,” Van Ditzhuyzen added.

NOS began broadcasting footage from significant moments during the queen’s reign soon after her speech was announced.

Beatrix chose to turn her palace into a “palace of work” in The Hague, the seat of government of the country with a strong work ethic.

The Dutch monarch’s powers are limited by the constitution, and the role became increasingly ceremonial when last year a government was formed for the first time without her officially having to accept the prime minister’s candidacy.

The queen will eventually move to her distinctive octagonal-shaped Drankensteyn castle southeast of Amsterdam, where renovations in 2006 led some to think she was planning to abdicate.

Beatrix’s German-born husband prince Klaus died in 2002 aged 76.

Dutch festivities during the coronation will be tinged by concerns for the health of Willem Alexander’s younger brother Prince Friso, who has been in a coma since being hit by an avalanche in Austria in February 2012.

Contrary to her mother’s unobtrusive style of rule, Beatrix refused to be relegated to ribbon-cutting; changing the mode of address from “madam” to “majesty”, and transforming one of the royal palaces in The Hague, the seat of government, into a working palace.

She received heads of state in her affable though formal manner and met weekly with successive prime ministers to discuss matters of government, earning the nickname “chief executive officer of the Netherlands”.

She also signed laws and played an important role in Dutch politics by appointing the so-called “formateur” who explores possibilities for coalition government after general elections.

Last year’s elections in which Prime Minister Rutte was elected to head government for a second time, marked the first time she was not actively involved in the formateur’s appointment, marking a step back from active politics.

Future king Willem Alexander has worked hard to polish his image since his beer-drinking student days when he was known as “Prince Pils”.

The crown prince is a pilot and member of the International Olympic Committee and his image has improved since he married Argentine Maxima Zorreguieta in 2002.

The vivacious Princess Maxima, 41, has won the hearts of the Dutch, despite her father Jorge’s past as an official of the Argentine junta in the 1970s.

Maxima’s father, who coincidentally celebrated his 85th birthday on Monday, was not allowed to attend his daughter’s wedding in the Netherlands, and her mother also stayed away out of solidarity.

Dutch media reported that Maxima’s parents would also not attend Willem Alexander’s coronation, but that the princess would officially carry the title of queen.

The royal couple has had brushes with controversy, being forced to sell a seaside holiday home being built in Mozambique in 2009 because of popular unhappiness with such luxury in such a poor country.

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