Queen Beatrix's Last Day: When And Where To Watch Abdication Speech Online [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on April 29, 2013 1:10 PM EDT

queen beatrix
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands waves as she arrives at Royal Palace in Amsterdam. (Photo: Reuters)

On Tuesday, April 30, the Dutch Queen Beatrix will abdicate the Dutch throne in favor of her son, 46-year-old Prince Willem-Alexander, after 33 years as the Dutch monarch. IDigital Times reports that when the prince takes the throne, he will be the youngest monarch in the world and the first Dutch king in over 120 years.

The queen announced her resignation earlier this year, in January, a few days before her 75th birthday.

Like Us on Facebook

"It seems to me to be an appropriate moment to take this step, which I have been considering for some time," she said in a televised statement now available on YouTube. "I have always regarded it as an exceptional privilege to have been able to dedicate a large part of my life to the service of our country and to have been able to discharge the duties of monarchy as I was called to do."

According to CNN, under the Dutch constitution, the king or queen acts as the head of state, hosting foreign diplomats and awarding honors and medals, but is politically neutral.

Willem-Alexander, who served in the Dutch Royal Navy from 1985 to 1987, is married to Princess Maxima of Argentina. They have been married 11 years and have three children.

"I want to be a king who is first of all traditional, built on the tradition of my predecessors, who stands for continuity and also for stability in the country ... but also a king who in the 21st century can bind together and represent society as a whole," he said during a TV interview last week.

Queen Beatrix's second son, Friso, is in a coma in a London hospital following an avalanche accident at an Austrian ski resort last year, according to CNN. It is rumored that Queen Beatrix is abdicating her throne in order to spend more time with her son.

The queen will be holding a dinner tonight in Amsterdam at the Rijksmuseum, the Dutch national museum which reopened this year after 10 years of renovations.

On Tuesday, festivities ushering in the new Dutch king will begin all over the Netherlands. You can see the entire itinerary of the celebration, as posted to the Dutch Royal House's website.

The day will begin with Queen Beatrix giving a short address at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, where she will sign a legal document giving away her royal authority. There will be a water pageant later in the day, followed by a celebration hosted by the Prime Minister.

If you missed Monday's televised speech, you can catch all the royal action here on Dutch TV, or follow the royal news on Twitter.

Read more from iScience Times:

Queen Elizabeth Cancels Engagement: What Hospitalized Elizabeth II?

Kate Middleton Due Date; Duchess Talks Baby Names And Mid-July Birthday For Newest Royal

Swedish Princess Dies: 5 Things To Know About Princess Lilian, Duchess Of Halland [PHOTOS] [VIDEO]

© 2012 iScience Times All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Join the Conversation

Sponsored From Around the Web

    ZergNet
Follow iScience Times
us on facebook RSS
 
us on google
 
Most Popular
INSIDE iScience Times
Do Dolphins Get High? BBC Cameras Catch Dolphins Chewing On Pufferfish Toxins
Do Dolphins Get High? BBC Cameras Catch Dolphins Chewing On Pufferfish Toxins
How Many Ways Can You Tie A Tie?
How Many Ways Can You Tie A Tie?
Ribbon Of Charged Particles At Solar System's Edge Acts Like A Wind Sock For Interstellar Magnetism
Ribbon Of Charged Particles At Solar System's Edge Acts Like A Wind Sock For Interstellar Magnetism
How to Turn Your Tap Water Faucet  Into a Coffee Spout [VIDEO]
How to Turn Your Tap Water Faucet Into a Coffee Spout [VIDEO]
Coolest Science Photos Of 2013: From Blobfish To Two-Headed Shark, Comet ISON To Mars Selfie
Coolest Science Photos Of 2013: From Blobfish To Two-Headed Shark, Comet ISON To Mars Selfie
This Is A Scientifically-Proven Rock-Paper-Scissors Winning Strategy (But If Your Opponent Uses It Too, It's A Draw)
This Is A Scientifically-Proven Rock-Paper-Scissors Winning Strategy (But If Your Opponent Uses It Too, It's A Draw)