FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2011 file photo, Dutch Queen Beatrix formally opens the new parliamentary year with a speech in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. Queen Beatrix announced she is to abdicate in favor of Crown Prince Willem Alexander during a nationally televised speech Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. Beatrix, who turns 75 on Thursday, has ruled the nation of 16 million for more than 32 years and would be succeeded by her eldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander. (AP Photo/Toussaint Kluiters, Pool, File)
AMSTERDAM -- Queen Beatrix has signed the official act of abdication at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, making her eldest son Willem-Alexander the first Dutch king in more than 100 years. The much-loved Beatrix ended her 33-year-reign Tuesday in a nationally televised signing ceremony as thousands of orange-clad people cheered outside and millions more watched on television.
The popular former queen will now be known as Princess Beatrix.
King Willem-Alexander's Argentine-born wife is now Queen Maxima, and their eldest daughter Catherine Amaila is Princess of Orange and first in line to the throne.
King Willem-Alexander is 46-years-old.