Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to Announce her Abdication
Queen Beatrix of Netherlands to announce her abdication 1800 GMT Monday, reports Dutch news agency ANP.
She turns 75 on Thursday, January 31st.
Is Holland abolishing the monarchy?
No. Dutch monarchs have a tradition of abdicating in favor of their heirs. Beatrix's mother did it, and her mother before her.
If only Elizabeth II would do the same.
Way to hang in there ya fucking loser.
Ewww... Crown Prince Willem-Alexander looks like a dead ringer for Donald Trump, but with better hair and a lesser sense of grandiosity.
Queens are actually resigning because they realize what an absurdity "royalty" is...
...and yet, the Britis continue to wave their little flags and swoon and cry over the very sight of their old rich white woman whom the feed millions of dollars too, who is, by law, considered higher and better than they are.
Hey U.K. - Take some notes here. There's a reason the entire planet rolls it's eyes at you. Your "royalty" isn't about tourism, it's because you all worship them because you're still stuck with the impression you're an old world empire.
Oh good, then we can have Queen Golddig...I mean Queen Maxima.
The country is agog and a-twitter.
Queen Elizabeth has been great for the UK. She gives them continuity and a sense of perspective. And the Royal Family earns them a TON of money in tourism every year. A great bargain for the UK.
[quote]Queens are actually resigning because they realize what an absurdity "royalty" is...
Your village called.
They need you back.
Separated at birth:
Eppie "Ann Landers" Lederer,
Pauline "Dear Abby" Phillips, and
Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard,prinses van Oranje-Nassau, prinses van Lippe-Biesterfeld?
I'm somewhat out of the loop when it comes to European royalty gossip and tabloid stories? Can someone bring me up to date on Maxima and her gold digging ways?
What will we do without the Queen Bea?
Elizabeth won't abdicate because her Uncle Edward the Vlll scared her.
[quote] If only Elizabeth II would do the same.
It's not the custom in Britain.
I always wonder why people called for Betsy to abdicate in favor of Charles. Nobody ever asked a king to step aside so his younger son or daughter could take his place. Why should she?
"She is one of the few royals in the world to be an open supporter of gay rights, and was the first royal to attend an LGBT rights conference on 5 March 2008. ... The Princess signed an accord at the end of the conference calling for the full acceptance of gays in the Netherlands."
Sad to see her abdicate. The gal has a sense of humor that is so infectious. Met her in Copenhagen back in 92 for the 20 anniversary of the Danish queen Margrethe II. Beatrix makes a party fun.
Her late husband, Claus, was very bi-curious, to say the least. And then there's her middle son.
[R:6] I won't reciprocate your xenophobia by assuming you're inland-American on account of your arrogance and ignorance of all matters beyond the Kardashians... Actually most British people are neutral / ambivalent to / against the monarchy. However, the US has provided an excellent example of why we're mistrustful of replacing our current system with a presidency... Or indeed, a Kardashian...
[quote]And then there's her middle son.
Isn't he still in the post-avalanche coma?
Well, I hope Beatrix is still on the A-list for future European royals weddings. The ol' broad classes up the joint.
Just my opinion, but 75 years old is too young to abdicate. What is going to do? She's in great health.
Queen Beatrix's middle son, Prince Johan Friso, has been in a coma ever since he was buried in an avalanche while skiing last year.
Max's father was an Argentinian cabinet member when the government was killing off thousands of its citizens. He wasn't allowed to attend her wedding.
Wonder if he will get to attend her coronation?
[quote]If only Elizabeth II would do the same.
Don't worry, my dear, we abdicated our Netherlands long ago.
It's ridiculous Elizabeth II has not done the same. She's far too old to reign, and Charles has wasted most of his life waiting to take over.
Now her mother (who would have objected) is dead she has no business hanging on.
So will she be demoted to a duchess or revert back to a princess when she abdicates?
[quote]So will she be demoted to a duchess or revert back to a princess when she abdicates?
Her mother reverted to HRH Princess Juliana when she abdicated, so I expect the same will be true for Beatrix.
The British Parliament should legislate an age limit for the monarch, as they do for judges. It's sort of cruel to make someone keep working full time when they're pushing 90 and won't let go of the reigns because of 'tradition'.
R27, British kings don't abdicate in favor of their children. If its good enough for kings to reign into old age, why shouldn't queens do the same?
Nobody demands that kings should resign when they get old.
R28. Perhaps Beatrix will be known as Queen Beatrix, the Queen Mother, as is the case in the UK and the title given to the mother of soveriegn.
On 28 January 2013, it was confirmed that when Queen Beatrix abdicates, His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange will become King Willem-Alexander, and Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands will become Queen Máxima. They will both be addressed as 'Your Majesty'.
Anyway, her father was quite the lout and criminal who almost caused the end of the royal family.
[quote]And then there's her middle son.
not really, he's been in a coma for the pst year
After the abdication, I wonder why Queen Beatrix wouldn't just be titled as Queen Beatrix, the Queen Mother, as they do in the UK when you're the mother of the soveriegn?
Why is she reverting to HRH Princess Beatrix?
She's a good old girl and has always been a wonderful friend to the gays. When half (or more) of the usa was rallying behind anita bryant, she was speaking up for us. But the HATS. Omg the hats
Good for her. She's put in her time and wants to relax and enjoy the rest of her life. The fact that her son is still basically a vegetable and his young family suffering probably helped this decision along. I'm sure she wants to spend time with her young grandchildren.
Willem and Maxima are well-prepared for this, it's tradition. I thought it might not happen for a few more years given how young Willem's daughters still are, but they all must have felt it was time. She wouldn't have made the decision without Willem & Maxima's consent.
I wish we had a king. There's vast amounts of bullshit the President has to do as head of state that could be delegated.
Hopefully Elizabeth will outlive Charles, he doesn't deserve to ever be King!
"If only Elizabeth II would do the same."
Not if she can help it, because IMHO the British monarchy will face a crisis when her reign ends. Lots of people dislike the monarchy, but Elizabeth herself is such an institution that the direct attacks on her are minimal. She's been royalling away since the Germans bombed London, and is like an elderly relative to the nation.
Charles is more like the self-important cousin that nobody likes. The knives will be out for him, and all the monarchists can do is hope for the days of King William.
R41. After abdicating, why wouldn't Queen Beatrix be styled, "Queen Beatrix, the Queen Mother" since she would have reigned as queen and now she's the mother of the sovereign?
Because she's dutch and they are infinately more intelligent and pragmatic than the brits........not to mention better looking and better endowed. And have better teeth
And you dont need an apple or a carrot in your hand to approach them
R46. Well, you have a point there. In general, the Dutch are well-endowed. And perfectly intact too.
My motto's always been, it's aint much if it aint dutch
[quote]She's a good old girl and has always been a wonderful friend to the gays.
sorry, charlie, she was NEVER pro-gay. she threatened to abdicate many years ago over gay adoptions and gay marriage. she was and always had been properly conservative on social issues.
[quote]And have better teeth
no, they don't. they have some of Europe's worst dentistry
I know R50. Gays have been such a persecuted class in holland for all these decades while they have done so well with the US congress in respect to their rights
I never stated that, ever. But where parliament was ready to sign gay marriage into law, she held it back, that is significant.
Wouldn't she be called the Dowager, as mother of the current monarch?
In 2009, Forbes estimated her wealth at US$300 million.
Shit, she ain't even half as rich as Madonna!
In Britain, the queen (or king) is annointed by God and as such has a devine mandate to reign until death. That's why Edward VIII's abdication caused so much uproar. In bicycle monarchies, no such responsibility is attached to their role as head of state.
Maybe she'll just be Aunt Bea, settle in Mayberryluggen, and take care of the family paint factory.
[quote]IMHO the British monarchy will face a crisis when her reign ends.
I'm concerned too!!!
300 million my ass. Maybe in her checking account. Closer to 100x that i'd bet
As ERII shows little signs of slowing down (Hell, even Philip is still pretty spry for his age...), when Charles inherits, his reign will probably be short. Depending upon the popularity of William and heir, the Monarchy may see many more sunrises before the sun finally sets. But slowly, the Commonwealth countries are dropping HM the Q as head of state.
Didn't Juliana retain the style of Queen after she passed the crown to her daughter. Are you sure Beatrix will just be HRH? I think she'll be seen as dowager queen. Maxima will make a fine queen.
[quote]Didn't Juliana retain the style of Queen after she passed the crown to her daughter.
[quote]Are you sure Beatrix will just be HRH?
I love Elizabeth the 2nd. A great woman and someone who is rare in her beauty and dedication. She makes me feel proud to belong to the human race!
God Save the Queen!