Doctors see Bernhard over breathing difficulties

27th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Prince Bernhard, the 93-year-old husband of the late Queen Juliana, was visited by his doctors at Paleis Soestdijk on Wednesday to discuss his recent breathing difficulties, the Government Information Service (RVD) said.

27 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — Prince Bernhard, the 93-year-old husband of the late Queen Juliana, was visited by his doctors at Paleis Soestdijk on Wednesday to discuss his recent breathing difficulties, the Government Information Service (RVD) said.

The prince was given the results of medical tests and told what could be done to  to alleviate his problems.

Prince Bernhard has undergone regular observation in hospital in recent weeks for shortness of breath. But he was not sick and still received visitors. Bernhard has had regular problems with his bronchial tubes.

The RVD has denied speculation that the prince's condition had suddenly deteriorated. A spokesman also said earlier this month that a 93-year-old suffering from shortness of breath is not extraordinary.

The German-born Bernhard met the then Princess Juliana in 1936 during the Winter Olympics in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, and their engagement was announced seven months later. They were married on 7 January 1937.

The couple's first daughter, Queen Beatrix, took the Dutch throne when her mother abdicated in 1980. The royal couple also had three other daughters: Irene, Margriet and Christina.

Queen Juliana died on 20 March 2004 and was interred in the royal family tomb in the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft 10 days later. Despite initial concerns of poor health, Prince Bernhard was fit enough to attend the funeral.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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