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Queen 'should step aside within 5 years'

Queen 'should step aside within 5 years'

Queen Beatrix should abdicate in favour of her son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, within the next five years, 52 percent of the respondents in a Queen's Day poll said. Last November 44 percent were of the same opinion. Compared with the earlier poll, confidence in Willem-Alexander has risen from 48 percent to 53 percent. But 14 percent said in the latest poll that they have little or no confidence in the Crown Prince. The poll of 22,000 people was carried out by current affairs programme TweeVandaag. The Queen's popularity remains high: she scored 7.1 out of 10 for the way she carries out her duties. Support for the Netherlands becoming a republic dropped from 24 percent in November to 21 percent.

Little sun for Queen's Day

The weather forecast for Saturday is not particularly encouraging: 30 percent chance of sunshine and a 60 percent chance of rain. Temperatures will range from 5 degrees in the early morning to 11 degrees in the afternoon, with a moderate north-westerly wind.

Getting the weekend shopping done

Although many shops will be open on Saturday 29 April, shoppers may wish to do their grocery shopping for the weekend on Friday to avoid the Queen's Day crowds. In general large chain stores such as Albert Heijn, C1000, Dirk van der Broek, Hema, Etos and de Bijenkorf will be open on Saturday, but some of their branches may be closed due to local circumstances. And as millions of people are expected to flock to the main cities for Queen's Day flea markets and musical events, you may wish to join in rather than have to do brave the crowds to get the household essentials. Some street markets, including the Dappermarkt in Amsterdam, are not being held on Saturday.

Mass frisking in Amsterdam

The police in Amsterdam will conduct mass frisking of revellers attending Queen's Day celebrations on Saturday evening. Mayor Job Cohen told local television station AT5 on Thursday that the operation will be held in main squares in the city centre after 9.30pm. In recent years people have brought "very many weapons" to events in the evening, he said.

Crown Prince turns 39

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander turned 39 on Thursday. Along with his wife, Princess Maxima, he will visit Zeewolde and Almere on Saturday for Queen's Day and on Sunday he will join the celebrations for the 60th birthday of the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. Willem-Alexander's grandmother, Queen Juliana (1909-2004) was born on 30 April, the official date for Queen's Day. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news, Queen's Day

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