Belgium

King of the Belgians prepares to abdicate

His Majesty The King of the Belgians has begun his final preparations for his abdication this Sunday when he will formally hand over Kingship to his son, who will become King Philippe. King Albert II has been King of the Belgians for almost 20 years and announced earlier in the month that he would be abdicating because he says his health is no longer good enough to continue his duties. He will…
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Belgium

10 important facts about the Belgian Monarchy

King Albert will abdicate on 21st July. With the Belgian Abdication just announced (and happening in just a few weeks’ time), we thought we’d give you 10 of the most need-to-know facts about the Belgian Monarchy. The Belgian Kings and Queens are known as…
The Netherlands

Queen Beatrix Abdicates, Willem-Alexander Becomes King

The Queen of the Netherlands (Beatrix) today abdicated her throne and was succeeded by her eldest son, who is now His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, who is Queen Consort of the Netherlands. A ceremony took place at 10am this morning where the three signed the instrument of abdication and Beatrix renounced the throne, assuming the title of Princess Beatrix. The eldest…
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OtherThe Netherlands

Beatrix, Queen of Heartbreak

When Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands officially abdicates on April 30, she will end a 33-year reign that is viewed as one of the most successful in Dutch history. But it is also marred with personal tragedy. In 2002, Beatrix lost her companion and consort, Prince Claus…
State & CeremonialThe Netherlands

Dutch Queen To Abdicate Tomorrow

The 75-year-old Monarch announced her intended abdication in January and since then preparations have been underway to prepare for Prince Willem-Alexander’s accession as King. When he accedes, Willem-Alexander will become Europe’s youngest Monarch at the age of 46. He will become King Willem-Alexander (a break with being called King Willem IV, as he says as Willem-Alexander he’s…
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State & CeremonialThe Netherlands

How The Netherlands Will Get Its New King

On 30th April, Queen’s Day in the Netherlands, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will officially abdicate from the throne and will be immediately succeeded by her son and the Prince of Orange, Prince Willem-Alexander. On the 29th April, at 8 o’clock in the evening, local time, at the invitation of Her Majesty the Queen, with members of the Royal Family and other royal and…
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