Dutch Queen Beatrix to abdicate in favor of son: report

Updated 28 January 2013
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Dutch Queen Beatrix to abdicate in favor of son: report

THE HAGUE: Dutch Queen Beatrix is expected to announce later Monday her abdication in favor of her son after 33 years on the throne, Dutch media reported.
Beatrix, who turns 75 on Wednesday, will abdicate “in favor of her son Willem-Alexander,” Dutch news agency ANP said, quoting sources close to the court.
The queen is to make the surprise announcement on national television at 7:00 p.m. (1800 GMT), after which Prime Minister Mark Rutte is to speak.
Beatrix’s much-loved mother Juliana also abdicated, in 1980, when her daughter stepped into her shoes at age 42.
Beatrix’s abdication will end more than 100 years of female reign on the Dutch throne.
Willem-Alexander, 45, is to become the first Dutch king since Willem III, who reigned until his death in 1890.


Queen Elizabeth II turns 92, to attend star-studded concert

Updated 21 April 2018
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Queen Elizabeth II turns 92, to attend star-studded concert

  • Sting, Tom Jones, Craig David and Kylie Minogue are among singers performing at the queen's birthday celebration at Royal Albert Hall.
  • The queen celebrates two birthdays every year.

London: Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.
Sting, Tom Jones, Craig David and Kylie Minogue are among singers performing at the celebration at Royal Albert Hall, billed as the “Queen’s Birthday Party.”
Prince Harry is expected to speak at Saturday evening’s event, in his new role as president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
Special gun salutes are also being staged midday Saturday in central London to mark the occasion.
The queen celebrates two birthdays every year: Her actual birthday on Apr. 21, which she usually marks privately with her family, and her “official birthday” in the summer. That usually falls on the second Saturday in June, when she joins the Trooping the Color military parade in central London.