The Queen will formally stand down on 30 April 2013
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced earlier today that she will abdicate on April 30 after 33 years as head of state. The abdication secures the Dutch throne for Crown-Prince Willem-Alexander at the age of 45.
“Responsibility for our country must now lie in the hands of a new generation,” Queen Beatrix said in a short televised statement.
(28 January 2013)