Dutch Queen Beatrix has announced her abdication. His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange is the successor to the throne.
Her Majesty announced the abdication in an address, broadcast on television and radio, on the 28th of January 2013.
Following the broadcast of the address by Her Majesty the Queen, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte also broadcast to the nation to thank Queen Beatrix for her long record of service to the nation. “Since her coronation in 1980s she’s applied herself heart and soul for Dutch society,” he said. “She has grown into a Dutch icon.”
The Queen’s abdication signals the end of the reign of one of Europe’s longest serving monarchs. She assumed the throne in 1980 when her mother, Queen Julianna, stepped down after 32 years. Her grandmother, Queen Wilhelmina, abdicated in 1948 after a reign of 58 years.
The official programme for the abdication and investiture will take place on 30 April 2013. Her Majesty the Queen will sign the Instrument of Abdication at the Royal Palace, Amsterdam. The investiture of His Majesty the King will then take place at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.
From 2014 onwards, King’s Day will be celebrated on 27 April, the birthday of the Prince of Orange and future King Willem-Alexander. In 2014 it will be celebrated by the Royal Family in Amstelveen and De Rijp. These municipalities will be able to use the programme that has already been developed for the planned celebration of Queen’s Day on 30 April this year, which will assume a different character because of the abdication and investiture.