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Old 01-28-2013, 01:05 PM
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Wow, it's official then. Wow, I'm a little speechless.
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That's definitely bittersweet. A new Royal couple with King Willem and Queen Maxima...and a new Princess of Orange.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:06 PM
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When "Het Wilhelmus" was played I got tears in my eyes. Thank you, HM Queen Beatrix.
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weird question, but do you think the "other" monarchs got a heads up on this one? Just curious more than anything else.
I don't see why they would, Beatrix may have told Elizabeth II they're friends.

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The only parts I understood were something about Prince Claus and then something about Maxima .. and finally, Queen Mother. Is that how she will now be known? When does this officially happen?
Abdication effective as of 30th April 2013.
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The title of prince of Orange is reserved for the eldest son of the monarch, there is no such thing as a crownprince in the Netherlands.
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#Beatrix is in the 1st position on the World TT
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Abdication it is.

She doesn't think that it is too much of a burden, but she thinks it is time for the next generation.

The abdication & inauguration will be on April 30th
Is the inauguration the same as coronation?
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She has been a good queen. It´s good that her reign will be remembered nicely by the Dutch people. I think it was a good moment to retire.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:09 PM
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Amazing. I'm with others- this is certainly bittersweet. But, I really like in the Dutch tradition (by now it is a tradition!) of abdication, there is a gentle transition from one monarch to the next. It is not attached to a death and a funeral, but rather a poignant passing of the torch. With The Queen's 75th birthday later this week, it seems to be quite deliberate timing.
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It is really a bittersweet moment, I always loved her as a queen and as a person, at least is what the images show of her. I hope all good things for her and now for the new king and queen!
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I wonder if Willem will make an official statement before April 30?
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The Dutch do not have coronations. They have a formal installation of the new monarch, but that is a civil ceremony. The regalia is present but the monarch is never crowned.
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Is the inauguration the same as coronation?
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Proficiat aan de nieuwe Koning van Nederland, Willem-Alexander, en zijn gemalin, Koningin Maxima.

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Did she mention Friso? I heard her mention Prince Claus, but I don't speak Dutch, so I couldn't follow it all.
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I greatly admire Queen Beatrix for her service and dedication thoughout the years.

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I think foreign royals would have been aware of what was going to happen; if nothing else we've seen that Beatrix, WA and Maxima are quite close to members of several other royal families. I imagine it's something they've known was coming for awhile now.
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I am also speechless, I completely didn't expect that. Although I know it's a tradition in the Netherlands.
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From 30 april 2013 Beatrix will be known as princess Beatrix
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I greatly admire Queen Beatrix for her service and dedication thoughout the years.

I agree

Prince Willlem-Alexander will be a great king
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a bit silly but made me smile

twitter "Prince Charles":

Ok, Mother, give one the remote control. There's something about to start on Dutch TV that you'd enjoy. #beatrix



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I don't see why they would, Beatrix may have told Elizabeth II they're friends.



Abdication effective as of 30th April 2013.
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