Queen Beatrix thanks Dutch people on eve of abdication
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has made a farewell national address on the eve of her abdication and investiture of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander.
The queen thanked the Dutch people for their "heart-warming displays of affection" and paid tribute to her late husband, Prince Claus.
The queen also attended a sumptuous gala dinner in her honour at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
She has been head of state since 1980, when her mother abdicated.
30 Apr 2013