Dutch queen cancels appointments

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Queen Beatrix has decided to extend her stay in the Austrian ski resort of Lech in connection with her son Prince Johan Friso who is in hospital in a critical condition.

The prince was critically injured on Friday when he was buried by an avalanche while skiing in an area outside the official ski piste.

The government information service RVD says Queen Beatrix will briefly return to the Netherlands at the weekend to return to Austria early next week. All her appointments for next week have been cancelled.

Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, his wife Princess Máxima and their three children will also stay on at the Austrian ski resort. The RVD points out that this is not an extension. The two-week ski holiday had been planned in advance.

It is still not clear how long Johan Friso will have to stay in the Innsbruck university hospital. The RVD announced on Wednesday that there had been no change in his condition, which is described as stable but in a critical condition.

Appointments Queen Beatrix was originally scheduled to attend the 70th anniversary of the Battle in the Java Sea in 1942. Prince Willem-Alexander will briefly interrupt his holiday in Lech to replace her.

Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten will replace the queen at a symposium marking the 10th anniversary of Eurojust, an EU organisation created to fight cross-border crime.

The ceremonies in which the ambassadors of Mozambique and Djibouti were to present their credentials have been postponed.

Visitors Prince Constantijn, – the queen’s third son - his wife Princess Laurentien and Friso’s wife Princess Mabel arrived at the Innsbruck hospital early on Thursday afternoon to visit the injured prince. It was Laurentien’s first visit to her brother-in-law, Constantijn had already visited his brother once before.

School Willem-Alexander and Maxima’s children will not attend school in their home town of Wassenaar next week. However, the RVDE said that school attendance requirements are being met. It is not known when Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien and their children will return home.


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