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Monday 21 April 2014

Dutch Queen Beatrix to abdicate throne in favour of son

DUTCH Queen Beatrix has announced she will abdicate in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a televised broadcast to the nation on this evening.





Willem-Alexander, 45, will become King of the Netherlands on April 30, she said, adding that she considered he was ready for the role.



Queen Beatrix turns 75 on Thursday.

Reuters

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