Things began on a bittersweet note for Beatrix; In 1980, her mother Queen Juliana stepped down in favour of her eldest daughter. Five months later, Beatrix was crowned amidst angry protests over the large sums being spent on the ceremony at a time when Amsterdam was suffering from a housing shortage.
By her side throughout the testing day was Prince Claus, whom she wed as the German diplomat, Claus von Amsberg in a lavish ceremony on 10 March 1966. The couple went on to welcome three sons – Prince Willem-Alexander, Johan Friso and Constantijn Christof. Prince Claus passed away in 2002, at the age of 76.
However his wife carried on their legacy, which she will now proudly pass to their eldest son, Crown prince Willem-Alexander.