Europe’s Youngest Monarch: Meet Willem-Alexander, the new king of The Netherlands

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Holland got its first new king in over 100 years on Tuesday as Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated in favor of her son, Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand.

After 33 years on the throne, Beatrix, 75, formally stood down from the throne at a brief ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Earlier this year she said that it was time for “a new generation” to reign.

During the ceremony, Beatrix signed a statement that read: ‘I now withdraw from my office of Queen of the Netherlands, and the monarchy will now be transferred to my eldest son, Willem-Alexander.”

King Willem-Alexander is 46. He is the first Dutch king since Willem III in 1890.

“I am happy and grateful to introduce to you your new king, Willem-Alexander,” Beatrix later told a cheering crowd of thousands in Amsterdam’s Dam Square, from the balcony of the Royal Palace.


Source | USAtoday

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