President Michael D Higgins has praised King Juan Carlos of Spain, who is to abdicate,   for having brought  his country  together in the 1970s following the end of the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to the King of Spain, who is set to abdicate, for acting as a unifying force in his country.Mr Higgins(...)

The 13-year-old girl was arrested amid throngs of holiday passengers arriving at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Police and social workers in the Netherlands will spend Christmas Eve trying to trace the family of a 13-year-old girl found carrying up to 100g of(...)

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands arrives at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam yesterday. Today will mark the abdication of Queen Beatrix and the investiture of her eldest son Willem-Alexander. Photograph: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

It was no accident of timing when, just a fortnight before today’s investiture of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander as king of the Netherlands, the(...)

Netherlands' Queen Beatrix (R) and her son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander wave to well-wishers from the balcony of the Royal Noordeinde Palac. The Dutch will have their first king in more than 120 years when Willem-Alexander succeeds his mother.

An anthem composed for the investiture of crown prince Willem-Alexander as king of the Netherlands next(...)