In her announcement, she made it clear that:
- She believes the time is right for her to abdicate
- This year is the 200th year of the anniversary of The Netherlands becoming a monarchy.
- She's not abdicating because she no longer thinks she can handle the position or is tired.
- She believes it's time for a new generation to lead and that Williem-Alexander & Maxmia will be good for the monarchy.
Titles & Line of Succession:
Per the websites of the Dutch Royal Court:
- Prince Williem-Alexander of Oranje will become King Willem-Alexander.
- Princess Maxima will be come Queen Maxima
- Princess Catharina-Amalia will become Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje (her father's present title, and she will be the 1st female to bear the title in her own right)
- Queen Beatrix will become Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, just as her mother and grandmother were "downgraded" from Queen regent to Princess upon their own abdications.
Per the Royal House Succession laws, upon the succession of King Williem-Alexander, his cousins and their children will lose their succession rights. Therefore, the succession will be as follows:
- Princess Catharina-Amalia of Oranje, eldest daughter of the King
- Princess Alexia of The Netherlands, daughter #2 of The King
- Princess Ariane of The Netherlands, daughter #3 of The King
- Prince Constanijn of The Netherlands, brother of The King
- Countess Eloise of Orange-Nassau, niece of The King
- Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau, nephew of The King
- Countess Leonore of Orange-Nassau, niece of The King
- Princess Margriet of The Netherlands, aunt of The King
Kings's Day, April 27, 2014
Princess Beatrix will take up residence at Drakensteyn Castle in Lage Vuursche (where she and her husband Prince Claus raised their children and she resided until 1980).
Prince Constantijn and his family will continue to reside in Brussels, and Princess Mabel and her daughters in London.