A look back at Beatrix's reign as her 75th birthday portrait is revealed

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands celebrates her birthday on January 31. And the royal palace has released a stunning official portrait, which shows Beatrix at her absolute best, donning her regal finery.

Not only will the monarch be marking the milestone age of 75, she will be enjoying her last birthday as queen.



The festivities closely follow the announcement that Beatrix will abdicate in favour of her eldest son, Willem-Alexander. She will doubtless have him and extended members of the House of Orange Nassau by her side as she contemplates her 33-year reign, and looks forward to the years ahead. 

To mark Beatrix's last birthday as queen, HELLO! Online highlights the defining moments of her tenure, and of her life.