Photo gallery: Dutch Queen Beatrix to abdicate in favour of son on April 30

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced Monday that she would abdicate in favour of her son Crown Prince Willem Alexander after 33 years in power.

"It is with the greatest of confidence, that I will hand over the throne on April 30 to my son, Willem Alexander, Prince of Orange," Queen Beatrix said in a televised address, using the official title of the heir apparent.