Queen Beatrix, thanked the Dutch public via Twitter for the birthday wishes on her birthday today.
“Many thanks for all the heartwarming birthday wishes, ” tweeted the Dutch Government Information Service (RVD) this afternoon on behalf of the Queen.
The Dutch Royal Family has over 32,000 followers on Twitter.
Beatrix is now 73 years old, which equals the age of King William III who died in 1890 at age 73 as reigning monarch.
King William III is the oldest head of state that the Netherlands has ever had. Queen Juliana was 70 years when she abdicated the throne after 32 years and was succeeded by her daughter Beatrix.
Queen Beatrix is now 31 years head of state. Willem-Alexander, heir to the throne will be 44 years old in April.