Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix
Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix was Queen of the Netherlands from 1980 to 2013, when she was succeeded by her son, King Willem-Alexander. The Princess was married to Prince Claus. They had three sons, King Willem-Alexander, Prince Friso and Prince Constantijn.
On 28 January, shortly before her 75th birthday, Princess Beatrix announced her intention to abdicate on 30 April 2013. She expressed her belief that it was time for the responsibility for the Netherlands to pass to a new generation. The Princess said she felt fortified by the knowledge that making way for her successor did not mean stepping down from public life, and that she hoped still to have many opportunities to meet members of the public. She ended by expressing her gratitude for the trust placed in her throughout the many rewarding years of her monarchy.
On 30 April 2013, Princess Beatrix was succeeded by her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, after a 33-year reign as Queen of the Netherlands.