Netherlands could see first king since 1890

Only Queens have sat on the throne of the Netherlands since the 1800s.

The last two Queens of the Netherlands have both abdicated in favour of their daughters:

  • In 1948 Queen Wilhelmina abdicated after 50 years on the throne which spanned two World Wars.
  • Her daughter Queen Juliana abdicated in 1980.

Prince Willem-Alexander would become the first king since King Willem III died in 1890, if his mother Queen Beatrix does abdicate tonight.

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Dutch queen to abdicate

Dutch Queen Beatrix has said she will abdicate the throne on April 30th.