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