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Dutch: Queen to step down to make way for son

Dutch QueenDutch Queen Beatrix announced Monday that she will abdicate on April 30 after 33 years as head of state, clearing the way for her eldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, 45, to become the nation's first king in more than a century. The announcement, in a televised speech just days before she turned 75, signalled an end to the reign of one of Europe's longest-serving monarchs.

The widely expected abdication comes at a time of debate over the future of the largely ceremonial Dutch monarchy. But it also comes as calm has descended upon the Netherlands after a decade of turmoil in which Beatrix was the glue that held together an increasingly divided society.

 
Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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