Queen Beatrix and the Dutch royal family

• Princess Beatrix married German diplomat Claus Von Amsberg in 1966. He died in October 2002.

• Princess Beatrix became the Queen of the Netherlands in 1980 after her mother abdicated the throne.

• Queen Beatrix has three sons, with the eldest Prince Willem-Alexander set to succeed her.

Find out more about Crown Prince Willem-Alexander here.

• Queen Beatrix has eight grandchildren.

• During the war the Queen fled to Ottawa in Canada with her mother and two sisters.

The Dutch royal family after Queen Beatrix (third from right) opened Parliament
The Dutch royal family after Queen Beatrix (third from right) opened Parliament Credit: REUTERS

• The Queen has weekly meetings with the Prime Minister and speaks regularly with ministers and state secretaries.

• Similar to the British Monarch, the Queen signs all new Acts of Parliament and Royal Decrees and plays a role in the formation of new governments, she also officially opens the parliamentary year with a speech.

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