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Dutch PM: our thoughts are with Prince Friso and his family

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has wished Queen Beatrix and her family a good Queen’s Day. In a video message he said that the Netherlands is at its best on Queen’s Day. “The whole country coloured orange, celebrations everywhere.''

Mr Rutte expressed the hope that Queen’s Day would take place in a relaxed and carefree atmosphere. ,,At the same time, our thoughts are with Prince Friso and his family. All Dutch people sympathise with them, particularly today. As the queen and Princess Mabel have said: the moral support makes it that much easier to carry on.”

Prince Friso suffered serious brain damage when he was buried under an avalanched while skiing off-piste in Austria on 17 February. Prince Friso, the queen’s second son, is being treated in the Wellington hospital in his hometown of London. He may never regain consciousness. His wife Princess Mabel did not take part in Monday’s royal visits to the towns of Rhenen and Veenendaal.

Also absent was Prince Pieter-Christiaan’s wife Princess Anita. Pieter-Christiaan is the third son of the queen’s sister Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven. The latter only joined the royal family at the end of their visit to Veenendaal because of an infection of his foot.

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