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She is lovely & elegant, and I wish her many more years of good health & happiness. I do think that the loss of her son weighed heavily in her decision to abdicate while she was still relatively young for a monarch.

Happy 80th Birthday!
Both her grandmother (at 68) and mother (at 71) were younger when they abdicated. So, she wasn't young for a Dutch monarch. And clearly her philosophy was to avoid having a prince of Orange waiting too long to take over, i.e., a monarch should be reigning when in his prime years not waiting for his parent to finally hand over (by abdication or death) and be passed retirement age when duty finally calls.

She was in her fourties herself when she took over and I expect that king Willem-Alexander will also abdicate when the current princess of Orange is in her fourties. By that time she hopefully has established her family and has had sufficient preparation/experiences to be ready. So, a very different philosophy than that of many other monarchs. Although there are others in the same boat. Noth in Bhutan and Liechtenstein (in practice) the reigns were handed over at a far earlier age...
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Which girl is which one?
The grandma still looks georgeous!

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Another great photo Count Claus-Casimir is blessed among women!
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Her firstborn granddaughter looks so much like her!
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Her firstborn granddaughter looks so much like her!
You think? I always thought Eloise (like her siblings) looked particularly like her mother Laurentien...
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I noticed similarity in their faces and remembered photos of Princess Beatrix when she was younger.
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The bakers of confectionery Landwaard delivers a special birthday cake at Drakensteyn Castle, where Princess Beatrix celebrates her eightieth birthday.

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Just saw a retrospect, Beatrix 80, and the interesting thing of young Princess Beatrix in her new home (Drakensteyn): I saw a shelf with pictures of her family. And next to it a portrait of King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola. For the rest no other foreign royals, only them. I thought that was nice and touching.
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Princess Beatrix many moons ago at the castle and area where the wonderful photo released today with all her many adorable grandchildren was taken!

https://www.holland.com/upload_mm/4/...kensteyn-1.jpg
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Just saw a retrospect, Beatrix 80, and the interesting thing of young Princess Beatrix in her new home (Drakensteyn): I saw a shelf with pictures of her family. And next to it a portrait of King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola. For the rest no other foreign royals, only them. I thought that was nice and touching.
Quite telling considering that Belgian law still forbids the princes and princesses "van België" from ever marrying an Orange-Nassau, doesn't it ?
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What fabulous pictures showing the Princess with her sons, daughter in laws and grandchildren. Still its bittersweet that her beloved Claus and Johan Friso are no longer with her.
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Quite telling considering that Belgian law still forbids the princes and princesses "van België" from ever marrying an Orange-Nassau, doesn't it ?
And that it was only in the interbellum, under Wilhelmina, that there were formal contacts with the Von Sachsen-Coburgs, who "stole" their throne. Wilhelmina's very own father (Willem III) was born in Brussels, one of the two capitals of the Kingdom of the United Netherlands, it was all not that very long ago.

Maybe the young Princess Beatrix learned King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola and was very attached to them.

Here you see a still.
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A wonderful retrospective of Beatrix and her millineries.

I always have a complicated feeling to Beatrix's hats. I mean, personally I don't like her iconic hat at all (the large hat without brim like this one), but she always looks so well with them!
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Prinses Glimlach (Princess Smile) - a short video. (Including "who glitters more, you or me? EIIR and BR)

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If Beatrix was still queen I'd assume there would be a large royal gathering to celebrate the occasion ,hopefully the Princess got some cake!
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If Beatrix was still queen I'd assume there would be a large royal gathering to celebrate the occasion ,hopefully the Princess got some cake!
From what we understood in media, the birthday was celebrated in small circle. This weekend there will be a larger party in the Royal Palace Amsterdam.

No idea if we can expect royals. I think it will be family and friends: the Von Amsbergs, the Von Friesens, the Von der Reckes, the Von Oeynhausens, the Von Bismarcks, the Zur Lippes, the Zu Waldeck und Pyrmonts, the usual suspects.

In the NOS documentary yesterday it was claimed that -as Queen- Beatrix had "frozen" her friendships. Since her abdication she has picked up the old friendships again, apparently feeling that she was "free again" to go out and about and invest in private friendships.
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It's hard to believe that she is 80, she is one fantastic lady.
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Celebrated in a small circle as you say.HM the King hosted a dinner for the extended Family at Noordeinde Palace on wednesday evening.The extended Family consists of a "crowd " nowadays,wonderfull!!

Today,saturday, is the grand party at the Royal Palace,Amsterdam with 350 family & friends of our precious birthday girl!!Looking forward!


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From what we understood in media, the birthday was celebrated in small circle. This weekend there will be a larger party in the Royal Palace Amsterdam.

No idea if we can expect royals. I think it will be family and friends: the Von Amsbergs, the Von Friesens, the Von der Reckes, the Von Oeynhausens, the Von Bismarcks, the Zur Lippes, the Zu Waldeck und Pyrmonts, the usual suspects.

In the NOS documentary yesterday it was claimed that -as Queen- Beatrix had "frozen" her friendships. Since her abdication she has picked up the old friendships again, apparently feeling that she was "free again" to go out and about and invest in private friendships.
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Looking forward to the photos from Beatrix's grand party at the Royal Palace,Amsterdam!
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Princess Beatrix arrive to the Royal Palace for her birthday reception tonight (Very emotional the Princess)

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/959769008701689856

King Willem Alexander, Queen Maxima and the princesses

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/959781039613923328

Princess Mabel with her daughters

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/959775896151445504


Prince Floris with Princess Aimee

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/959827987716886528


Prince Maurits and princess Marilene

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/959827347020148737

Princess Pieter Christiaan and Princess Anita

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/959832076861272064

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Arrival of P.Constantijn and family
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