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Tuesday 23 December  
Beatrix oldest Dutch reigning monarch
Myrtille van Bommel's picture
Hilversum, Netherlands
Hilversum, Netherlands

Beatrix oldest Dutch reigning monarch

Published on : 4 November 2011 - 1:34pm | By Myrtille van Bommel (Photo: ANP)
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Queen Beatrix has reached a historic milestone today: she has turned 73 years and 277 days. This makes her the oldest reigning monarch in Dutch history.

Until today, King William III was the oldest head of state to rule the Netherlands. He passed away on 23 November 1890 at the respectable age of 73 years and 277 days, the same age Queen Beatrix has reached now.

But when compared to other European reigning monarchs, Beatrix doesn’t rank among the elderly. Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain (85), King Albert of the Belgians (77), King Harald of Norway (74) and King Juan Carlos of Spain (73) are all of a more mature age.

So are the Japanese Emperor Akihito (78), the Saudi-Arabian King Abdoellah (87) and the Thai monarch, King Bhumibol (83).

On 30 April 2012, Queen Beatrix will have been the Dutch head of state for 32 years.

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AnonymousLaura C 26 February 2012 - 7:42am / USA

She is very inspiring to me. Strong lady.

Anonymous 7 November 2011 - 12:26pm

Common people have a retiring age, but wonder why monarchs do not retire to give way to their children to become monarchs. Pschological problem, I guess, insecurity after losing power---shame---

Ford F. Davies 4 November 2011 - 7:32pm / USA

Taiwan has become a monarchy and stolen the venerated king of the Thai? They will not be best pleased, I'd guess!

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Tim Fisher 7 November 2011 - 3:19pm

How true - and well-spotted - Mr. Davies! Of course that should be Thai and not Taiwanese. We apologise for the error, which we will remedy immediately.

Thank you and best wishes,

Tim Fisher for RNW internet

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