Wednesday, December 11, 2013
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch Queen Beatrix says she will abdicate April 30.
Queen Beatrix formally opens the new parliamentary year with a speech in The Hague, Netherlands, in this Sept. 20, 2011, photo.
In this 2007 photo, Queen Beatrix, center, greets Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, and Prince Philip, right, at Rotterdam airport, Netherlands.
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.
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In this April 30, 1980, photo, Princess Juliana, right, just after her abdication, kisses her eldest daughter Queen Beatrix on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Netherlands.