Dutch Queen Beatrix to abdicate in favour of son


Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is to abdicate in favour of her son Prince Willem-Alexander - an event which is being celebrated across the nation.

Queen Beatrix, 75, will sign the instrument of abdication in Amsterdam after 33 years on the throne.

Willem-Alexander, 46, will then become the country's first king since Willem III, who died in 1890.

Matthew Price reports from Amsterdam.

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