Queen Beatrix celebrates 75th birthday

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Beatrix’s final official portrait as queen. Photo RVD

Queen Beatrix celebrates her 75th birthday on Thursday, just four days after announcing her decision to step down from the throne on April 30.

The queen said in her abdication speech reaching this age is one of the reasons for handing over the throne to her eldest son Willem-Alexander.

The queen will celebrate her birthday with family and friends at a special theatrical performance in Utrecht.