MOSCOW, January 29 (RIA Novosti) - Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced she will step down in favor of her son, Prince Willem Alexander, on April 30, DutchNews portal reported.
The queen said in a short address on national television and radio on Monday that it was the right time to pass the reins of power to “a new generation,” as her son is ready to be king.
“I have been thinking about it for some time,” the queen said. “I am not standing down because the role is too heavy for me, but in the conviction that responsibility for our country should now lie with a new generation.”
Queen Beatrix, who will soon be 75, enjoys high approval ratings and is considered one of the most popular ruling monarchs in Europe.