Bernhard to be laid to rest on 11 December
2 December 2004, AMSTERDAM — Prince Bernhard, the father of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, will be laid to rest in the royal family crypt in Delft on Saturday 11 December.
2 December 2004
AMSTERDAM — Prince Bernhard, the father of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, will be laid to rest in the royal family crypt in Delft on Saturday 11 December.
The government information service RVD confirmed on Thursday that the prince's funeral will start at 12.30pm a week from Saturday. Bernhard, 93, died of complications brought on by cancer on 1 December at the UMC Hospital in Utrecht.
His body was returned to his home at Soestdijk Palace at 10pm on Wednesday. He will lie in state at Soestdijk for a few days to allow his close family to say final goodbyes.
His remains will then be moved from Soestdijk to the Queen's official residence, Noordeinde Palace in The Hague on 5 December and lie in state there to the day of the funeral.
Diplomats and representatives of international organisations will be allowed into the palace on 6 November. Members of the public can pay their last respects from 9am to 11pm from 7 to 9 December.
The royal family, the RVD said, will observe a period of official mourning to the day of the funeral. After that the family will be in mourning to Christmas and will not attend public occasions.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news