Her Majesty the Queen Abdicates Throne; Prince of Orange to Ascend
Her Majesty the Queen announced her abdication today. His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange is the successor to the throne.
The program for the abdication and investiture will take place on April 30, 2013. Her Majesty the Queen will sign the Instrument of Abdication at the Royal Palace, Amsterdam. The investiture of His Majesty the King will then take place at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.
Rudolf Bekink, Dutch Ambassador to the US, honored the Queen’s service.
“Her Majesty the Queen has served the Netherlands well for more than 30 years,” Bekink said. “A generation of Dutch citizens have known no other Queen, and they will long remember this day as the day their Queen stepped down from the throne.”
When Queen Beatrix abdicates, His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange will become King Willem-Alexander, and Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands will become Queen Máxima.
They will both be addressed as “Your Majesty.”
After abdicating, Queen Beatrix will be called Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, etc.
King’s Day 2014
Starting next year, King's Day will be celebrated on April 27, the birthday of the Prince of Orange and future King Willem-Alexander.
In 2014, it will be celebrated by the Royal Family in Amstelveen and De Rijp. These municipalities will be able to use the program that has already been developed for the planned celebration of Queen's Day on April 30 this year, which will assume a different character because of the abdication and investiture.
Other members of the Royal Family
As soon as the Prince of Orange ascends the throne, his eldest child, Her Royal Highness Princess Catharina-Amalia, will be the first in line to the throne. She will then become the Princess of Orange (under section 7 of the Membership of the Royal House Act).
The titles and names of the other members of the Royal Family will not change after Queen Beatrix's abdication. The membership of the Royal House and the line of succession will however change under the above Act.
After the abdication, the line of succession will begin with the children of His Majesty the King: Her Royal Highness the Princess of Orange, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexia, and Her Royal Highness Princess Ariane. The next in line will be His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn, his children and finally Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet.
After the abdication, the children of Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven will no longer be eligible for the throne. They will also cease to be members of the Royal House.