Dutch crown prince to attend Rainier's funeral
13 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander will attend the funeral of Prince Rainier of Monaco on Friday, the Government Information Service (RVD) said on Wednesday.
13 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander will attend the funeral of Prince Rainier of Monaco on Friday, the Government Information Service (RVD) said on Wednesday.
It is customary for the Dutch House of Orange to attend the funerals of European monarchs, news service 'nu.nl' reported.
Moreover, Prince Albert — who will succeed Prince Rainier — attended the funeral of Queen Juliana in Delft in March 2004.
Prince Albert and Prince Willem-Alexander also know each other well via their work with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Royal couples from Belgium, Sweden and Norway will also attend Rainier's funeral. King Harald of Norway will not, as he is ill. Danish Prince Joachim and Britain's Prince Andrew will also attend.
The Dutch royals surprised the nation last week when they failed to attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II. This was despite the fact that nearly every royal house in Europe was represented at the ceremony in the Vatican.
The royals were at the receiving end of sharp criticism from former prime ministers Dries van Agt and Piet de Jong. Van Agt described the absence as an insult to Catholics.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news