Prince Friso's wife is a lady in waiting

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4 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced on Wednesday her second son, Prince Johan Friso, is to be a father for the second time.

4 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced on Wednesday her second son, Prince Johan Friso, is to be a father for the second time.

The Queen, who is recovering from a knee operation, is "extraordinarily pleased" about the news, the government information service RVD said.

Prince Friso and his wife, Mabel Wisse Smit, are expecting their second child at the end of June.

They have a daughter, Luna, who was born in London on 26 March last year. She was baptised on 18 December.

Her full title is Emma Luana Ninette Sophie, countess (gravin) of Oranje-Nassau and Lady (jonkvrouw) of Amsberg. Neither Luna nor her parents are part of the Royal House, the inner circle of Dutch royalty.

Prince Friso relinquished his right to the throne when he married human rights activist Wisse Smit in 2004 without the permission of parliament.

Prince Minister Jan Peter Balkenende decided not to ask MPs to sanction the marriage after Mabel admitted previous statements she made about her alleged relationship with Klaas Bruinsma - the first Godfather of the Dutch drugs trade - had not been entirely accurate.

Friso can still use the respective titles Prince and Princess and can both be addressed as  Royal Highness (Koninklijke Hoogheid).

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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