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    Dutch Queen Beatrix Abdicates

    Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima wave from the balcony of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tuesday April 30, 2013. Around a million people are expected to descend on the Dutch capital for a huge street party to celebrate the first new Dutch monarch in 33 years. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

    New Dutch King and Queen in Amsterdam on Tuesday. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP)

    The queen has left the building. The Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne on Tuesday, handing it over to her son, Willem-Alexander. He will be the country’s first king since 1890. Beatrix, 75, who has been on the throne for 33 years, announced her plans to step down in January, saying it was time for a “new generation” to take over. About a million people are expected to travel to Amsterdam for the occasion, and street parties will take place throughout the country. The royal family will take part in a water festival on Tuesday night.

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