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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands: Relive her grandest moments

With the announcement that Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is to abdicate the throne, the whole world will look back on the key moments that stand out from her 33-year reign. Those moments will doubtless include her wedding and coronation.

Things began on a bittersweet note for Beatrix; In 1980, her mother Queen Juliana stepped down in favour of her eldest daughter. Five months later, Beatrix was crowned amidst angry protests over the large sums being spent on the ceremony at a time when Amsterdam was suffering from a housing shortage.

By her side throughout the testing day was Prince Claus, whom she wed as the German diplomat, Claus von Amsberg in a lavish ceremony on 10 March 1966. The couple went on to welcome three sons – Prince Willem-Alexander, Johan Friso and Constantijn Christof. Prince Claus passed away in 2002, at the age of 76.

However his wife carried on their legacy, which she will now proudly pass to their eldest son, Crown prince Willem-Alexander.

Beatrix of the Netherlands was born in her home country in 1938, the eldest daughter of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfield.

She is pictured here in the arms of her grandmother, Queen Wilhelmina. 

After school, "Trix", as she is known, went to Leiden University, where she concentrated on subjects which would stand her in good stead for her future role, emerging with a degree in politics in July 1961.

Two years earlier, Crown Princess Beatrix posed with US President Dwight Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower at the White House on a royal state visit in 1959 

In 1966, Princess Beatrix married Claus van Amsberg in a civil ceremony at the town hall followed by a religious service at the Westerkerk. Here they are pictured on their wedding day with Beatrix's parents Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard behind 

In 1980, Beatrix's mother, Queen Juliana, made the surprise announcement that, after 31 years on the throne, she was abdicating in favour of her eldest daughter.

"As one gets older one realises sooner or later that one's powers decrease and that one cannot fulfil one's duties as before," she told the nation in a televised address.

Beatrix was crowned Queen during a coronation service on 30 April 1980. She is the oldest reigning monarch of the Netherlands 

Husband Claus stood proudly by Beatrix's side as she became Queen of the Netherlands 

Queen Beatrix is joined by her husband and three children on the balcony of the royal palace in Amsterdam, the day after Beatrix's inauguration as Queen in 1980 

The couple had three boys together: Prince Willem-Alexander, Prince Friso and Prince Constantin 

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