Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Abdicates Throne

Image via Schalke fotografie | Melissa Schalke

Image via Schalke fotografie | Melissa Schalke

Beginning on April 30, the Netherlands will welcome a king, as Queen Beatrix announced in a televised address that she will abdicate the throne after a 30-year reign. The new ruler will be her eldest son Prince Willem-Alexander who is married to Princess Máxima of the Netherlands. Maxima is one of the few royals in the world to be open about her support for gay rights—she was one of the first to attend an LGBT rights conference in 2008 and also signed a declaration ensuring LGBT rights in the Netherlands.

Beatrix is the sixth monarch from the House of Orange-Nassau and is continuing a tradition of monarchs abdicating the throne as her mother and her grandmother had done. The announcement comes just days before Queen Beatrix will celebrate her 75th birthday.

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