Today, 24 February 2012, Prince Friso’s doctors called a press conference at the Landeskrankenhaus in Innsbruck, Austria, to give more information about his diagnosis and prognosis. They didn’t have good news, however. Prince Friso suffered massive brain damage and is unlikely to ever recover.
Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau, second son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, has been buried by an avalanche in Austria. The Prince was found after some 15 to 20 minutes, resuscitated at the scene and then taken to the university hospital in Innsbruck. His condition is critical but stable.
Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Colorno, and her husband Tjalling ten Cate welcomed their second child and daughter, Paola Cecilia Laurentien ten Cate, born last Friday 25 February 2011 at 6.05 p.m. at Bronovo Hospital in The Hague. Both mother and daughter are doing fine.
The times are changing, and – taking in account the age of many of the monarchs worldwide – it is safe to assume that the coming years, we will see at least a few changes in the succession lines. Time to take a closer look at all those heirs, how they have prepared for their duties and how they are perceived among the public. This blog will discuss Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, first male heir to the Dutch throne after over a century of Queens Regnant.
It’s something that all Dutch-ophiles look forward to, or at least those that care about royalty and the ever proper yet ever eccentric Dutch Royal Family. It’s one of the few times a year, apart from state visits and other royal weddings, that we get to see the Dutch Royal Family in all of their finery.
Every 30 April, the Netherlands turn crazy. From high up in the north down to the southern border, from Rhine to North Sea coast, everyone is dressed in orange, there are orange ribbons in every street, flea markets, traditional games, and a general mood of cheer and fun.