Queen’s birthday prompts abdication gossip

Dutch gossip magazines are commenting that no royal visits are planned for the second half of the year, prompting suggestions that queen Beatrix may be poised to abdicate in favour of Willem Alexander, reports British news agency Reuters.

Beatrix celebrates her 70th birthday on Thursday. One magazine suggests that police are preparing for a coronation on September 6, the same day Beatrix’ mother Juliana was crowned 60 years ago. For more on this story, click here

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