Prince Bernhard 'suffering shortness of breath'

13th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

13 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Prince Bernhard, the 93-year-old husband of the late Queen Juliana, is suffering from shortness of breath and on his own initiative is regularly visiting hospitals for observation, the Government Information Service RVD said Wednesday.

13 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — Prince Bernhard, the 93-year-old husband of the late Queen Juliana, is suffering from shortness of breath and on his own initiative is regularly visiting hospitals for observation, the Government Information Service RVD said Wednesday.

But the RVD denied speculation that the prince's condition had suddenly deteriorated. A spokesman also said that a 93-year-old suffering from shortness of breath is not extraordinary, news agency ANP reported.

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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