Monday, January 28, 2013
Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands to Abdicate Throne In Favor of Her Son, Prince Willem Alexander
Queen Beatrix of the Kingdom of The Netherlands has just announced that on April 30, 2013 she will abdicate the throne in favor of her son, Crown Prince Willem Alexander.
In her speech, the Queen said that 2013 marks several anniversaries, the first being her 75th birthday, and also the 200th anniversary of the Kingdom itself. As she is still in good health at this time, she feels it is time to retire and allow Prince Willem Alexander to ascend to the throne as King Willem Alexander. His wife, Princess Maxima, will become Queen, but without official powers. In her announcement speech, she thanked all the people of The Netherlands, but also she specifically thanked the people of the Dutch Caribbean as well, for the warmth and joy they have shown her in the past on official state visits. There will be more information about the 200th Anniversary Commemoration Event later in the year. Starting in 2014, Kings Day will be celebrated on April 27 of each year.
The speech is available (in Dutch) by clicking here. A video link to the Queen’s speech should be available shortly here via YouTube. More information will be posted shortly on the Royal House of Orange’s web site. (Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)