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Queen Bea steps down

Timothy Kincaid

January 28th, 2013

The Netherlands is to have a new monarch.


Dutch Queen Beatrix announced Monday that she will abdicate on April 30 after 33 years as head of state, clearing the way for her eldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, to become the nation’s first king in more than a century.

The Queen has been immensely popular, especially during the past tumultuous decade where she served as a symbol of stability amidst cultural division.

Her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, is considered a competent replacement but does not evoke the same level of emotional connection. However his wife, Argentinian Princess Maxima, does have tremendous support of the people. And she is perhaps best known as one of Europe’s most gay-supportive royal.

Maxima is one of the few royals in the world to be open about her support for gay rights—she was one of the first to attend an LGBT rights conference in 2008 and also signed a declaration ensuring LGBT rights in the Netherlands.



Timothy (TRiG)
January 29th, 2013 | LINK

I’ll keep my eyes open for new coins.


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