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Dutch Queen abdicates, Willem-Alexander to succeed

Netherlands' Queen Beatrix (R) and her son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander are seen waving to well-wishers from the balcony of the Royal Noordeinde Palace after opening the new parliamentary year in The Hague on this April 15, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen/Files (NETHERLANDS - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS)

Netherlands' Queen Beatrix (R) and her son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander are seen waving to well-wishers from the balcony of the Royal Noordeinde Palace after opening the new parliamentary year in The Hague on this April 15, 2011 file photo....more

Netherlands' Queen Beatrix (R) and her son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander are seen waving to well-wishers from the balcony of the Royal Noordeinde Palace after opening the new parliamentary year in The Hague on this April 15, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen/Files (NETHERLANDS - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS)
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Dutch Queen Beatrix, who turns 75 on Thursday, announces her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a hastily announced broadcast on Dutch National Television to the nation at her home palace in The Hague in this handout picture dated January 28, 2013. REUTERS/RVD/Handout

Dutch Queen Beatrix, who turns 75 on Thursday, announces her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a hastily announced broadcast on Dutch National Television to the nation at her home palace in The Hague in this handout picture...more

Dutch Queen Beatrix, who turns 75 on Thursday, announces her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a hastily announced broadcast on Dutch National Television to the nation at her home palace in The Hague in this handout picture dated January 28, 2013. REUTERS/RVD/Handout
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Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander is seen giving the thumbs-up to a pastry shop as he and Crown Princess Maxima (rear) walk through "New Amsterdam Village," in New York on this September 13, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Chip East/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS)

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander is seen giving the thumbs-up to a pastry shop as he and Crown Princess Maxima (rear) walk through "New Amsterdam Village," in New York on this September 13, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Chip East/Files (UNITED STATES -...more

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander is seen giving the thumbs-up to a pastry shop as he and Crown Princess Maxima (rear) walk through "New Amsterdam Village," in New York on this September 13, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Chip East/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS)
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Visitors to the Bulldog cafe in Amsterdam watch Dutch Queen Beatrix, who turns 75 on Thursday, announce her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a hastily announced broadcast on Dutch National Television to the nation at her home palace in The Hague January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares (NETHERLANDS - Tags: ROYALS SOCIETY)

Visitors to the Bulldog cafe in Amsterdam watch Dutch Queen Beatrix, who turns 75 on Thursday, announce her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a hastily announced broadcast on Dutch National Television to the nation at her...more

Visitors to the Bulldog cafe in Amsterdam watch Dutch Queen Beatrix, who turns 75 on Thursday, announce her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a hastily announced broadcast on Dutch National Television to the nation at her home palace in The Hague January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares (NETHERLANDS - Tags: ROYALS SOCIETY)
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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands are seen waving farewell in the German-Dutch border town of Herzogenrath-Kerkrade on this April 15, 2011 file photo. Dutch Queen Beatrix will address the nation on television and radio on the evening of January 28, 2013, the Royal Household said in a statement, prompting the Dutch media to report that she would abdicate in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/Files

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands are seen waving farewell in the German-Dutch border town of Herzogenrath-Kerkrade on this April 15, 2011 file photo. Dutch Queen Beatrix will address the nation on television and radio on the evening of January 28,...more

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands are seen waving farewell in the German-Dutch border town of Herzogenrath-Kerkrade on this April 15, 2011 file photo. Dutch Queen Beatrix will address the nation on television and radio on the evening of January 28, 2013, the Royal Household said in a statement, prompting the Dutch media to report that she would abdicate in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/Files
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Netherlands' Queen Beatrix is seen smiling during a welcome ceremony at 'Zeche Zollverein', former coal mine in Essen in this April 15, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/Files (GERMANY - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS)

Netherlands' Queen Beatrix is seen smiling during a welcome ceremony at 'Zeche Zollverein', former coal mine in Essen in this April 15, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/Files (GERMANY - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS)

Netherlands' Queen Beatrix is seen smiling during a welcome ceremony at 'Zeche Zollverein', former coal mine in Essen in this April 15, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/Files (GERMANY - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS)
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