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Dutch prince Friso dies after 2012 ski accident

Dutch prince Friso, the brother of King Willem-Alexander, died on Monday 18 months after he was left brain-damaged by an avalanche while skiing in Austria, the palace said. "His Majesty the King (Willem-Alexander) announces with great regret that this morning his highness prince Johan Friso... died at the Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague, aged 44," a palace statement said. "Prince Friso died from complications as a result of oxygen shortages during his ski accident on February 17, 2012," the statement said.

Dutch prince Friso dies after 2012 ski accident

Dutch prince Friso, younger brother of King Willem-Alexander, died on Monday 18 months after he was left brain-damaged by an avalanche while skiing in Austria, the palace said. "His Majesty the King (Willem-Alexander) announces with great regret that this morning his highness prince Johan Friso... died at the Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague, aged 44," a palace statement said. "Prince Friso died from complications as a result of oxygen shortages during his ski accident on February 17, 2012," the statement said.

Brain-damaged Dutch Prince Friso transferred home

Dutch Prince Friso, brain-damaged after being buried by an avalanche in Austria last year, has been transferred from a London hospital to receive treatment at his mother's residence in the Netherlands, the royal palace said on Tuesday. In a statement, it said the prince still displays "minimal conscience" and that his condition "remains worrying", but that it is no longer necessary to keep him at the Wellington Hospital in London. He arrived at queen Beatrix's palace in The Hague on Tuesday.

Willem-Alexander sworn in as Dutch king

The Netherlands' Willem-Alexander became Europe's youngest monarch on Tuesday after his mother, queen Beatrix, abdicated and his country greeted their first king in 120 years with a massive orange-hued party. Beatrix, 75, shed a tear before signing the act of abdication at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, witnessed by Willem-Alexander, 46, his Argentine-born Queen Maxima, 41, and members of the government. A cry went up from the 25,000-strong crowd in the Dam, the main square opposite the palace where the signing was shown on giant screens.

Willem-Alexander sworn in as Dutch king

The Netherlands' Willem-Alexander became Europe's youngest monarch on Tuesday after his mother, queen Beatrix, abdicated and his country greeted their first king in more than 120 years with a massive orange-hued party. Beatrix, 75, shed a tear before signing the act of abdication at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, witnessed by Willem-Alexander, 46, his Argentine-born Queen Maxima, 41, and members of the government. A cry went up from the 25,000-strong crowd in the Dam, the main square opposite the palace where the signing was shown on giant screens.

Willem-Alexander sworn in as Dutch king

The Netherlands' Willem-Alexander became Europe's youngest monarch on Tuesday after his mother, queen Beatrix, abdicated and his country greeted their first king in 120 years with a massive orange-hued party. Beatrix, 75, shed a tear before signing the act of abdication at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, witnessed by Willem-Alexander, 46, his Argentine-born Queen Maxima, 41, and members of the government. A cry went up from the 25,000-strong crowd in the Dam, the main square opposite the palace where the signing was shown on giant screens.

Orange invades Amsterdam for Dutch enthronement

Thousands of party-goers wearing orange suits, wigs and sunglasses, drunk, stoned or on a natural royal high flooded Amsterdam on Tuesday bent on catching a glimpse of their first king in over 120 years, Willem-Alexander. Over 25,000 people packed Amsterdam's central Dam Square in front of the royal palace where Queen Beatrix signed her abdication. "Today is a day in which we get together as the Dutch and celebrate and the monarchy is of course a part of it," Nick van Boor, 25, told AFP, pushing his way through thronged streets.

Europe's crown princes and princesses await their turn

Dutch King Willem-Alexander was sworn in at a solemn ceremony on Tuesday as the cream of Europe's monarchs-in-waiting gazed on, raising the question of who would be next. Willem-Alexander, 46, was enthroned as the Netherlands' first king in more than 120 years in Amsterdam's Nieuwe Kerk church in front of 2,000 guests, among them several crown princes and princesses. Protocol dictates that reigning sovereigns are not invited so as not to overshadow the new king's presence.

Dutch royals' daughters sport Spanish fashions

Madrid, Apr 30 (EFE).- Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane, daughters of the newly crowned king and queen of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander and Maxima, appeared on the balcony of the royal palace in Amsterdam Tuesday together with their parents and their grandmother, Princess Beatrix, to greet the Dutch crowd decked out in a Spanish kiddie fashion. Defying the cold temperatures of Amsterdam, the 9-year-old Princess of Orange, Catharina-Amalia, and her sisters Alexia, 7, and Ariane, 6, wore a spring design by the Spanish firm Pili Carrera.

King Willem-Alexander takes Dutch throne

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander became Europe's youngest monarch on Tuesday after his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicated and his country hailed the avowedly 21st-century king with a massive, orange-hued party. "I Queen Beatrix... abdicate in favour of my son Willem-Alexander," the act said, as read out before the signing that was broadcast live from the Amsterdam palace. The queen, 75, shed a tear on arrival, and the act was then witnessed by Willem-Alexander, 46, his Argentine-born Queen Maxima, 41, and members of the government.
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