Dutch Queen Beatrix abdicates, Willem-Alexander to become king

AMSTERDAM, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Dutch Queen Beatrix announced she would abdicate in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a televised broadcast to the nation on Monday evening.

Willem-Alexander, 45, will become King of the Netherlands on April 30, she said, adding that she considered he was ready for the role. Queen Beatrix turns 75 on Thursday.

(Reporting by Sara Webb; Editing by Andrew Heavens)