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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to abdicate for son
BBC News ^ | 28 January 2013

Posted on 01/28/2013 10:24:55 AM PST by knighthawk

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander.

The queen made the announcement in pre-recorded address broadcast on Dutch television.

The queen, who is approaching her 75th birthday, said she had been thinking about this moment for several years.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abdicate; abdicating; abdication; beatrix; netherlands; queen; queenbeatrix

1 posted on 01/28/2013 10:25:04 AM PST by knighthawk
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2 posted on 01/28/2013 10:30:38 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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3 posted on 01/28/2013 10:31:46 AM PST by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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Don’t count on ER to do the same anytime soon.

4 posted on 01/28/2013 10:37:53 AM PST by AU72
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I hope everything turns out well for the Future King.

He Looks like he a sharp one.

I can honestly say however I pray to high heaven that Queen Elizabeth NEVER Abdicates to Charles.

Or finds a away to skip him and give the Crown to William.

Otherwise the Coldstream Guards would have to fill out a report about their Horse Flatulence effects on Global Warming.

5 posted on 01/28/2013 10:37:53 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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I hereby put forward my claim as the rightful heir to the throne of Dutchland or whatever it’s called. As proof, I submit this photo of my rear end. You can clearly see the well-known birthmark that is found on the behinds of all the Dutch royalty. Yes, I know it looks like Mickey Mouse, but, trust me, it’s the royal birthmark. My first act as Emperor of NetherDutch, or whatever it’s called, will be to free the surfs. Why they imprisoned waves, I’ll never know. Then, we start the parties. I don’t see any really good governments out there, so we might as well spend the money on a bender. I’ll bet we could get Donny Osmond to come and sing. Maybe he’d bring along Marie. I could give her France or something so she’d be one of those, what do they call them? girl.

6 posted on 01/28/2013 10:40:41 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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Free the SMURFS!............oh, wait........

7 posted on 01/28/2013 11:14:09 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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“I didn’t know we had a king. I thought we were an autonomous collective.”

8 posted on 01/28/2013 11:23:12 AM PST by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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anointing a King, by some tard throwing a sword to a person, is no way to crown a King.

9 posted on 01/28/2013 11:35:05 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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I dunno. I’m guessing Prince Charles has already e-mailed this story to mum.

10 posted on 01/28/2013 11:45:09 AM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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Queen Beatrix should not be confused with Beatrix Potter. She had nothing to do with Peter Rabbit.

11 posted on 01/28/2013 12:12:25 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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HOLY CRAP! A HUGH and SERIES development in international politics.

I am almost speechless.

12 posted on 01/28/2013 11:47:01 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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do they have any power? don’t they bow down to Brussels?

13 posted on 01/28/2013 11:59:27 PM PST by GeronL (
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The Dutch Government has power of course.

The monarch has almost none like every Euro monarchy except for the tiny countries of Monaco and Lichtenstein. Seems like the Queen has more a role in forming choosing the government though than say the Lizzy does in the UK because the Netherlands multi-party systems sometimes requires some neutral arbitration as there is never a majority government.

It is interesting though, the Queen is abdicating, she succeeded her mother who abdicated in 1980 who succeeded HER mother who abdicated in 1948. The last King died in 1890. If this had been several hundred years ago before figurehead monarchs and women on the throne there would have been several succession crises in the country. None of those prior Queens could birth a Prince that lived.

The soon to be new King’s heir is his eldest daughter, she’ll get it even if she eventually has a brother. (They changed the law in the UK too if Kate Middleton has a girl she will be Queen).

She’s a lovely young girl of 9 named Princess Catharina-Amalia.

Since gay marriage is so popular both there and her might I suggest we cement an alliance with the Dutch by arranging a future marriage between Princess Catharina-Amalia and soon to be Imperial Princess Sasha Hussien Obama?

What? You think I clearly need to go to sleep? Maybe you are right.

14 posted on 01/29/2013 12:21:10 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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