Today in History - January 31rd. 1938 - Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands

Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard was born on January 31rd 1938 in Soestdijk Palace in
Baarn (The Netherlands).


Queen Juliana (then Princess) and Prince Bernhard
Attribution: Spaarnestad Photo, SFA001016513 via Nationaal Archief

Her parents were Queen Juliana of The Netherlands and Prince Bernhard.
(See picture above).

Her five godparents were:
King Leopold III of the Belgians;
Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone;
Elisabeth, Princess of Erbach-Schönberg;
Duke Adolf Friedrich of Mecklenburg;
Countess Allene de Kotzebue.

In 1966, Princess Beatrix married Claus von Amsberg, a German diplomate.
Prince Claus died in 2002.

Princess Beatrix was Queen of The Netherlands from April 30th. 1980  till
April 30th.  2013. 


King Willem-Alexander - Princess Beatrix and Queen Máxima
on April 30th. 2013 - Source picture: Wikipedia

Princess Beatrix's B-Day is celebrated in The Netherlands. There will be a lot of
programs on Dutch television.

This is an important day. It is the first B-Day after the abdication of Beatrix.
I still have difficulties with her title. For me, she always will be a Queen instead
of a Princess.  

On February 1st. 2014 there will be a big celebration in the Ahoy Rotterdam
(convention centre) with the theme 'Thank you Queen Beatrix'.

On next links you'll find some interesting blogs (in Dutch) and posts about
the Dutch Royal Family
http://www.royalfanvivian.nl/
http://destaatvanoranje.blogspot.nl/

On next link you can see some pictures of the 'Thank you Queen Beatrix'
celebration in Rotterdam (text in Dutch)
http://nos.nl/koningshuis/artikel/605208-veel-kijkers-voor-odes-aan-beatrix.html