Friso, Mabel tone down wedding plans
24 March 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Prince Johan Friso and fiancee Mabel Wisse Smit have toned down their wedding plans following the weekend death of his grandmother, Princess Juliana, at Soestdijk Palace.
24 March 2004
AMSTERDAM — Prince Johan Friso and fiancee Mabel Wisse Smit have toned down their wedding plans following the weekend death of his grandmother, Princess Juliana, at Soestdijk Palace.
The royal couple plan to marry in Delft on 24 April, but out of respect for the former queen, Friso and Mabel postponed a planned dance performance and reception. A scheduled ball on the eve of their wedding has been cancelled.
It was previously announced that a shortened mourning period would allow the wedding to proceed. Queen's Day celebrations will go ahead as planned, but the royal family will officially be in mourning until 11 April, Easter Sunday.
The wedding of Prince Friso and Mabel will take place in Delft due to the "historic bond between the House of Orange-Nassau and the city", the government information service RVD said. Friso also studied in Delft.
Delft Mayor Hein van Oorschot will officiate at the 10.30am civil ceremony wedding in the city hall, while Reverend Carel ter Linden will officiate at the religious ceremony in the Oude Kerk.
Ter Linden also served at the weddings of Friso's two brothers, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Prince Constantijn, public news service NOS reported.
Prince Friso will lose his rights to the Dutch throne after he married Mabel. Parliament refused to approve of the union last year after Mabel withheld the full extent of her friendship with mafia boss Klaas Bruinsma, who was shot and killed in 1991.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news