|Queen Beatrix and her son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands listen to a speech during the annual Queen's day in Veenendaal in this April 30, 2012 file photo. Photo by Reuters
AMSTERDAM - Mixed emotions enveloped the whole Netherlands when Queen Beatrix announced her abdication in favor of her first-born son on Monday evening.
The Queen’s highly anticipated address to the nation was broadcast on all local TV and radio stations.
With the Queen’s descent from the throne after 33 years, Prince Willem-Alexander will ascend and become King on April 30.
The 45-year-old prince will be sworn in as king at an inauguration to be held at Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, after the historic signing of the act of abdication by Queen Beatrix.
In contrast to other monarchies, Willem-Alexander is not going to be crowned, following the Dutch tradition when crown will not be placed on his head and is never worn.
His wife Princess Maxima will become Queen and their first-born, from three daughters, Catharina Amalia becomes first-in-line to the throne.
Sadness can be felt throughout the country during the announcement because Queen Beatrix is the most important icon of The Netherlands and is a symbol of unity, most respected and beloved by her people.
“We will miss her as a queen mother but she will be around. We’ll see her. She won’t be gone forever,” Dutch Harold Mioch said.
For the Dutch Pinoys, the Queen deserves the retirement so she can finally take a much-needed rest after going through a lot of sorrow and tragedy.
Queen Beatrix lost her husband Claus in 2002. A year later, she lost her mother Juliana, followed by her father who died in 2004. Last year, her son Friso was involved in a skiing accident which left him in a coma to this day.
Dutch Pinoy Gio Van Gurp had seen the Queen twice at work when she came for a visit.
Van Gurp works at an agency of the European Union and Queen Beatrix has graced its two most important events.
“Dalawang beses ko na siyang nakita sa personal. Mabait siya. Concerned siya sa mga tao. Mabait siya. Mabait siyang queen,” Van Gurp said.
Some Pinoys are very happy because after more than 100 years, The Netherlands will at last have a king and they will be able to witness this new chapter in Dutch history.
“Seriously, I think it’s okay naman, magkakaroon siguro ng different changes, better changes,” Pinoy Sonny Garcia said.
“As a Filipino excited lang ako. Masaya kasi wala tayong queen and king sa Pinas,” Zandra Bregonos said.