Former Queen of the Netherlands - Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard was born the eldest daughter of Queen Juliana and her husband, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld.
She attended a public primary school in Canada during World War II. Following the war, she returned to the Netherlands to finish her education in the Netherlands, receiving a law degree in 1961. In 1966, Beatrix married Claus von Amsberg, a German diplomat, with whom she had three children. When her mother abdicated on 30 April 1980, Beatrix succeeded her as queen and.reigned for 33 years. In 2013 she abdicated, passing on the reigns to her son Willem-Alexander. Here you can find all DW content referring to Beatrix of The Netherlands.
The new King of the Netherlands, Willem Alexander, who ascended the throne on Tuesday following the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix. The celebrations and huge crowds left no doubt about the popularity of the monarchy in the Netherlands. Jacques Arnold is with the Constitutional Monarchy Association and told Helen Seeney why he thinks kings and queens still have a relevant role to play.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced that she will formally abdicate the throne on April 30, in favor of her eldest son, Prince Willem-Alexander. So what does her abdication mean for the Netherlands? DW asked journalist John Tyler whether this had been expected.