The Netherlands' Queen Beatrix announced Jan. 28 that she is ending her
reign after 33 years and is passing the crown to her eldest son, Willem-
Alexander, who will have to work hard to match his mother's popularity.
The 75-year-old queen will step down from the throne on April 30. That same day, her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, will be appointed king at an inauguration in Amsterdam. He will be the Netherlands' first king since 1890.
Willem-Alexander is a 45-year-old father of three young daughters. Over the years, he has struggled to win the affection of the nation's 16 million, but his popular wife, the Argentine-born Maxima, has helped him gain more acceptance.
Could Queen Elizabeth be next? It's a question people have been asking in the UK for decades.
荷蘭女王碧翠絲二十八日宣布，將結束三十三 年在位生涯，交棒給長子威廉亞歷山大。他接棒 後必須非常努力，才能和廣受愛戴的母親齊名。
七十五歲的女王將在四月三十日步下王座，同 一天，他的長子威廉亞歷山大會在阿姆斯特丹宣 誓繼位，成為荷蘭一八九○年以來首度出現的國 王。
四十五歲的威廉亞歷山大育有三幼女。多年來 ，他努力爭取全國一千六百萬民眾好感，但他的 阿根廷裔妻子麥西瑪才是大功臣，幫他贏得更多 支持。 接下來，英國女王伊莉莎白二世會跟進嗎？這 問題英國人已經問了數十年。