Queen Beatrix of Holland abdicates in favor of son

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (L) and Crown Prince Willem-Alexander. Credit: Reuters
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (L) and Crown Prince Willem-Alexander.
Credit: Reuters

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands steps down from her throne Tuesday, 33 years after her coronation.

The 75-year-old royal will abdicate and hand over the sceptre of power to her eldest son, Willem-Alexander.

He is the first male to accede to the Dutch throne since 1890. His very popular wife, Máxima Zorreguieta, the daughter of a former member of Argentina’s military junta, will be named queen.

Beatrix became the Dutch monarch on April 30 1980 when her mother Queen Juliana herself abdicated on health grounds. Seen as more ‘business-like’ and detached than her mother, Queen Beatrix was nevertheless as a stable force in volatile Dutch politics. On the day of her coronation, a violent riot by anti-royal squatters and anarchists with banners reading Geen woning, geen kroning” (No Housing, no Crowning) marred celebrations. But a spontaneous kiss on Beatrix’s cheek from a well-wisher in Amsterdam in 1988 marked reconciliation between the royal family and the republican capital.

On occasion, Beatrix managed to strike the right note in emotional times. Warm and sensitive, she visited victims of the Bijlmermeer plane crash in 1992, in which 43 people were killed when a Boeing cargo plane flew into an apartment block.

The queen had to endure her own personal troubles. Her husband Claus died in 2002, her mother Juliana and father Bernhard died in 2004.

In 2009, Beatrix and members of her family narrowly escaped injury or even death when a man drove through people lining the street in an attack attempt on her open-top bus during a parade. Eight people died on that day.

And in a huge tragedy in 2012, her second son Friso was buried in an avalanche following a ski accident in the Austria Alps and has been in a coma ever since. Some media speculate that this family misfortune may have led her to abdicate.

But today in the Netherlands there is actually just one subject that is dominating the news in the past weeks. A lot of festivals are planned in Amsterdam and all over Holland – there is history in the making.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

Local

Bomb squad detonates backpacks left at Marathon finish…

The Boston Marathon finish line has been evacuated and the Copley Square T station has been closed as police investigate a suspicious package, WBZ is reporting.

National

Reddit boosts news capabilities in social media turf…

By Jennifer SabaNEW YORK (Reuters) - Reddit, a website with a retro-'90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As,…

National

Missouri man charged with sexually torturing five women

A Missouri man has been charged with raping and torturing five women in a St. Louis-area apartment over several years, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday.

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…

Television

'Orphan Black' is back with 'crazy clone shenanigans'

“Orphan Black” is the little show that could. It had a few things working against it: a sci-fi premise, attracting an audience who had never…

The Word

Kelly Osbourne and Paris Hilton fight over a…

Paris Hilton and Kelly Osbourne, both members of famous families and natives of the reality boom of the early aughts, should be great friends. And yet.

MLB

MLB video highlights: White Sox beat Red Sox…

Red Sox fall on walk-off error to White Sox

NBA

NBA Draft Lottery day is May 20: Celtics…

NBA Draft Lottery day is Tuesday, May 20: Celtics percentage odds for a top overall pick

MLB

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be…

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be dumped just yet

NHL

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready…

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready to erupt once again in playoffs

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.

Tech

Google Glass finally goes on sale for regular…

The Google Glass finally went on sale for regular people. It only costs $1,500.