This week, the beloved Dutch Queen Beatrix abdicated her throne to make room for her son, Willem-Alexander. In a ceremony outside the royal palace attended by tens of thousands of people, the Queen ended her 33-year reign with a very high approval rating. What makes the Dutch monarchy so special? We take a closer look at a monarchy that remains relevant in the modern day. Charles J Groenhuijsen is the U.S. correspondent for Dutch Media in Washington, D.C.