On March 10, 1966 she married the diplomat Claus von Amsberg. Initially, there was quite some opposition to the marriage. With fresh memories of the Second World War, a part of the Dutch people didn't appreciate a German prince. In fact, Claus became one of the most popular members of the Dutch monarchy.
On April 30, 1980 Beatrix became Queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands when her mother abdicated. She exercises her function with more formality then Queen Juliana. She has a lot of supporters because of her professionality, but during the 1990s criticism has been on the rise.
Beatrix has three sons: