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Updated: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:15:00 GMT | By Tamara Hardingham-Gill
Shocking royal scandals

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicates the throne

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has abdicated the throne in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, who will become king on 30 April.

In a televised statement earlier this year, the queen said it was time for the throne to be held by "a new generation".

As Prince Willem-Alexander prepares to become the Netherlands' first king since Willem III, who died in 1890, we look back on other royal scandals…