A royal family that believes in retirement? Dutch Queen Beatrix to abdicate

After more than 100 years of rule by female heads of state, the Netherlands is set to have a king on its throne once again.

Queen Beatrix announced during a pre-recorded television speech broadcast tonight that she will abdicate on April 30 and will be succeeded by her son Willem-Alexander. The crown prince will become the first king of The Netherlands in more than 100 years.

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