Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has officially abdicated in favor of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Queen Beatrix took the throne in 1948.
Queen Beatrix may be ready to pack up and go, but here in Blighty, like it or not, our Kings and Queens have a job for life.
In April last year, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands handed the throne to her son Prince Willem-Alexander after 33 years.
The King and Queen of Holland became monarchs after Willem-Alexander's mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicated in April last year.
Kingswell studied the water-bleached toes of his boots, and Beatrix glanced piteously at her father.
Moreover, for weeks he had been a patient follower in the wake of Beatrix Dane.
For an instant, Beatrix reeled back against the window of the caf.
And it was after such a prelude that Beatrix bowed in recognition of her cousin's introduction.
During the mornings while Thayer was practising, Lorimer and Beatrix idled away the hours together.