Funeral plans for Dutch prince Johan Friso

Prince Friso and family

Prince Friso with his wife, mother, and children in 2006. Photo by Jeroen van der Meyde. Photo © RVD. Photo source: Het Koninklijk Huis

An announcement has been made by the Netherlands Government Information Service on behalf of the Dutch royal family:

The funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Friso will take place on the afternoon of Friday 16 August in Lage Vuursche, in the municipality of Baarn. It will be a private ceremony.

After a service in the Stulpkerk in Lage Vuursche the Prince will be laid to rest in the adjacent cemetery.

The service will be officiated by Reverend C.A. ter Linden… The Royal Family trusts that its privacy will be respected on this day.

It was also announced that a memorial service for Prince Friso will be held later in the year.

Born in 1968, Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David was one of the three sons of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, who reigned as Queen from April 1980 until April 2013. His older brother, Willem-Alexander, is currently King.

Prince Friso earned degrees in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, economics, and business administration. During his career he worked at McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, TNO Space, Wolfensohn & Company, and URENCO.

He married Mabel Wisse Smit in 2004. Because they chose not seek parliamentary approval for their marriage, the prince gave up his place in the royal line of succession and ceased to be an official member of the Royal House. The couple had two children, Countess Emma Luana Ninette Sophie and Countess Joanna Zaria Nicoline Milou.

During a family ski vacation in Austria in February of 2012, Prince Friso was buried by an avalanche for over 20 minutes. After his rescue, he remained in a coma for the rest of his life. In March 2012 he was moved to a hospital in London, and in July 2013 he was brought home to the Netherlands. He died on August 12, 2013 at Palace Huis ten Bosch in the Hague. He was 44 years old.

Sources: the official Dutch monarchy website and Wikipedia.

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