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Dutch queen to address nation, expected to abdicate

Dutch Queen Beatrix, who turns 75 on Thursday, is expected to announce her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, in a hastily announced broadcast to the nation on Monday evening, Dutch media reported.

 

The address, scheduled for 7 p.m. (1800 GMT), was announced by the Royal Household, but no further details were released. (Reuters)