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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announces abdication: The abdication
On 30 April HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will sign the instrument of abdication in the Royal Palace, Amsterdam. This is the constitutional procedure by which she formally relinquishes the throne. Once the instrument is signed, in other words before the investiture ceremony, HRH the Prince of Orange will become King under constitutional law. He will be HM King Willem-Alexander.
The new King and the former Queen will then give a short address from the balcony of the Palace. The new King and Queen and their three young daughters will then make a public appearance on the balcony.
The abdications in 1948 and 1980 also took place in Amsterdam. In 1840, the abdication took place at Het Loo Palace.