Netherlands – 2 Euro, Change of Throne Announcement, 2013

In an announcement broadcast on national media on 28 January 2013, Queen Beatrix announced her intention to abdicate on 30 April (Queen’s Day), when she will have been on the throne for exactly 33 years. Beatrix stated that it was time to “place the responsibility for the country in the hands of a new generation.” Her heir apparent is her eldest son, Prince Willem-Alexander. She will be the third successive Dutch monarch to abdicate the throne, following her grandmother and her mother.Willem-Alexander will be the first King of Netherlands in 123 years.

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