Queen Beatrix to Address Nation
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is to make a televised announcement, amid speculation in local media that she will abdicate the throne.
The queen, who is approaching her 75th birthday, would address the nation at 19:00 local time (18:00 GMT), the royal household said in a statement.
Unconfirmed Dutch reports say she will announce her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander.
Queen Beatrix has been head of state since 1980, when her mother abdicated.