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La reina Beatriz y el príncipe heredero Guillermo Alejandro llegan al banquete ofrecido por la familia real holandesa en el Rijksmuseum, en Amsterdam, Holanda, el lunes 29 de abril de 2013. La reina Beatriz de Holanda cederá el trono a su hijo el martes 30 de abril de 2013. (Foto AP/Robin Utrecht, pool)
La reina Beatriz y el príncipe heredero Guillermo Alejandro llegan al banquete ofrecido por la familia real holandesa en el Rijksmuseum, en Amsterdam, Holanda, el lunes 29 de abril de 2013. La reina Beatriz de Holanda cederá el trono a su hijo el martes 30 de abril de 2013. (Foto AP/Robin Utrecht, pool)
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(AP) Queen Beatrix has signed the official act of abdication at the Royal Palace in downtown Amsterdam, making her eldest son Willem-Alexander the first Dutch king in more than 100 years.


The much-loved Beatrix ended her 33-year-reign Tuesday in a nationally televised signing ceremony as thousands of orange-clad people cheered outside and millions more watched on television.


With her abdication, she becomes Princess Beatrix and her son ascends the throne as King Willem-Alexander. He is the first Dutch king since Willem III died in 1890.


The 46-year-old father of three's popular Argentine-born wife becomes Queen Maxima and their eldest daughter, Catharina-Amalia, becomes Princess Orange and first in line to the throne.


Willem-Alexander gripped his visibly emotional mother's hand after they both signed the abdication document.


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