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Succession to the throne

When the monarch dies or abdicates, his or her eldest son or daughter succeeds to the throne.

The line of succession is laid down in the Constitution. �This happened most recently in 1980, when Princess Beatrix succeeded her mother, Queen Juliana.

If the monarch has no legitimate children, the throne will pass to another member of the Royal House in accordance with the line of succession as laid down in the Constitution.