Dutch Queen Beatrix today announced she will abdicate the throne on April 30, reported the Associated Press, a move that was widely expected but no less traumatic for her many adoring fans in the Netherlands, said SKY.
The move signals an end to her 33-year reign, one of the longest in modern-day Europe, according to SKY.
She will be succeeded by her oldest son, Prince Willem-Alexander, said AP, at an April event to coincide with the monarchy's 200-year anniversary. But that is not the main reason for her decision, The Telegraph quoted the Queen as telling the country on national telvision today:
“I am not abdicating because this office is too much of a burden, but out of conviction that the responsibility for our nation should now rest in the hands of a new generation."
He also suggested this will put the pressure Britain's own elderly monarch, expecting it to trigger a "rash of speculation about whether our own Monarch will do likewise," adding, "Queen Elizabeth is, at 86, considerably older than her 74-year Dutch counterpart."