Royal Family gathers around ailing Bernhard

30th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

30 November 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Diagnosed with incurable lung and intestinal cancer, Prince Bernhard received several family visitors on Tuesday, a day after the Government Information Service RVD warned his health was gradually deteriorating.

30 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — Diagnosed with incurable lung and intestinal cancer, Prince Bernhard received several family visitors on Tuesday, a day after the Government Information Service RVD warned his health was gradually deteriorating.

Besides the visit of two of his daughters, Princess Irene and Princess Margriet at Soestdijk Palace, Prince Bernhard's grandson Maurits and his pregnant wife Marilène visited the ailing 93-year-old.

Princess Margriet also cancelled a planned five-day visit to Kenya on Monday because of her father's health. She had been scheduled to attend the Mine-Free World conference in Nairobi, but opted instead to stay close to Prince Bernhard.

Bernhard — the husband of the late Queen Juliana who died in March 2004 — also received a large number of visitors over the weekend, but he is not expected to be admitted to hospital, news service NOS reported.

The RVD said on Monday the prince is suffering from shortness of breath and has fluid in his chest cavity due to the spread of an inoperable tumour. He has also been diagnosed with an intestinal tumour. The RVD could not issue any further news about the prince's condition on Tuesday.

Despite Bernhard's worsening health, Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander, Princes Maxima, Prince Friso, Princess Mabel, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien are expected to attend the awarding of the Prince Claus Prize at the royal palace in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

Prince Friso will present the prize to Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. The award is part of the Prince Claus Fund, which stimulates and supports activities in the field of culture and development.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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