Half an hour ago at 7 pm we heard that our much-loved Queen Beatrix will abdicate from the throne in favor of her son Crown prince Willem Alexander. It will happen on April 30th aka Queensday. It will mean we’ll be having a king again, the last one died in 1890.
It’s also a new beginning, 2013 marks also twohundred years of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In 1813 what is now known as Belgium was still part of the Kingdom. They split in 1830.