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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands 'to abdicate in favour of her son'

Dutch Queen Beatrix will address the nation on television and radio on Monday evening, the Royal Household has confirmed in a statement, prompting the Dutch media to report that she will abdicate in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander.

Queen Beatrix of Netherlands with Prince Willem-Alexander of Netherlands and Princess Maxima of Netherlands Credit: PA

Queen Beatrix will be 75 years old on 31st January. In 1980, she became the sixth monarch of the House of Orange on the abdication of her mother, Queen Juliana, who had reigned for 31 years.

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