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Koningin Beatrix

Koningin Beatrix


The Queen of the Netherlands, Koningin Beatrix, will be 75 years old on Monday. Tonight she addressed the nation announcing abdication for her eldest son, Prince Willem-Alexander in April.

Queen Beatrix has been head of state since 1980, when her mother abdicated.

People love her here. Her role in the Netherlands is mainly ceremonial, wielding little power compared to the Eerste Kamer (Senate) and Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives), but she is very popular here nonetheless.

She has tons of great hats.

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