Queen Beatrix Photos: The Best Images Of The Dutch Queen's Reign (PHOTOS)

01/28/2013 02:35 pm ET | Updated Mar 30, 2013

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced on Monday that she will leave the throne to her son Prince-Willem Alexander on April 30.

"Responsibility for our country must now lie in the hands of a new generation," Beatrix said in her speech announcing the abdication, the Associated Press reports.

The queen's abdication from the largely ceremonial role had been widely expected, but it is sure to bring an outpouring of sentimental and patriotic feelings among the Dutch, most of whom adore Beatrix. In everyday conversation, many of her subjects refer to her simply by the nickname "Bea."

Take a look at some iconic images from the Queen's three decades in power.

Queen Beatrix Of The Netherlands

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