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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands looks over the Act of Abdication during a ceremony in the Moseszaal at the Royal Palace on 30 April 2013 in Amsterdam

Credit: Bart Maat/AP Queen Beatrix is handed the instrument of abdication

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands takes the oath during his inauguration ceremony on 30 April 2013 at Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Amsterdam

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands takes the oath during his inauguration ceremony on 30 April 2013 at NieuweKerk (New Church) in Amsterdam

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands signs the Act of Abdication during a ceremony in the Moseszaal at the Royal Palace on 30 April 2013 in Amsterdam

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands signs the Act of Abdication during a ceremony in the Moseszaal at the Royal Palace on April 2013 in Amsterdam. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is abdicating the.

Queen Juliana and her eldest daughter Princess Beatrix (on April 30, 1980 Beatrix became Queen) of the Netherlands

Queen Juliana and her eldest daughter Princess Beatrix (on April 1980 Beatrix became Queen) of the Netherlands

King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands are joined by members of the royal household during their inauguration ceremony at New Church on 30 April 2013 in Amsterdam

King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands are joined by members of the royal household during their inauguration ceremony at New Church on April 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

I present you the new King and Queen of the Netherlands.... King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands after the his inauguration ceremony

King Willem Alexander, and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands leave the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam after the inauguration ceremony of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, on April 2013 in.

Queen Wilhelmina with her only child,  Princess Juliana of Netherlands,  on a bench c1910.

Queen Wilhelmina and Princess Juliana of Netherlands on Piano Bench c1910 RPPC

Queen Wilhelmina with her only child, Princess Juliana of Netherlands, on a bench

Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands was formerly Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld.  Lippe was a minor German principality briefly ruled by Prince Bernhard's family.  Bernhard was the product of a morganatic marriage, as his mother was a minor German aristocrat.  Queen Juliana of the Netherlands could have married much more royally.

Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands was formerly Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Lippe was a minor German principality briefly ruled by Prince Bernhard's family. Bernhard was the product of a morganatic marriage, as his mother was a minor German aristocrat. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands could have married much more royally.

Queen Beatrix and  Prince Willem Alexander

Queen abdicates in favour of her middle-aged son! (no sorry, Charles, not THAT queen, the one in Holland)

Queen Beatrix with her son Prince Willem Alexander

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