The announcement that Their Royal Highnesses are attending the investiture ends weeks of speculation over which member of the Royal Family would attend, representing Her Majesty.
Some speculated that the Earl and Countess of Wessex may attend, though this was quickly dispelled when it was realised they already had planned engagements. Similarly, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were thought to be possibly to be attending, though as the Duchess is now getting more heavily pregnant, overseas travelling is to be avoided.
HRH Prince Willem-Alexander is to be invested as the King of the Netherlands on 30th April in the presence of many senior Dutch politicians and members of overseas Royal Families.
Prince Willem-Alexander’s mother, Queen Beatrix, will abdicate on 30th April citing age concerns and make way for Willem-Alexander to be King Willem-Alexander and his wife to become Queen Maxima.
As heir to the throne, it seems quite logical to send the Prince of Wales as Her Majesty’s representative.
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It is a misconception that Queen Beatrix is abdicating because of ‘age concerns’ like her mother did before her in 1980. The Queen made it absolutely clear in her speech on 28th January 2013 announcing her abdication that she is doing so out of a “convinction that it is time for a new generation”, which is something quite different!
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