Dutch royals bury romantic renegade prince who died from skiing injuries
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) - Dutch Prince Johan Friso, who excluded himself from the line of succession in the name of love, was buried in private on Friday after he died from injuries sustained in a 2012 skiing accident.
Prince Friso was laid to rest in an intimate ceremony attended by his widow Mabel, 45, and their two daughters Luana, 8, and Zaria, 7, amid tight security in the hamlet of Lage Vuursche, around 30 kilometres south-east of Amsterdam.
The ceremony was also attended by Prince Friso's godfather, Norway's King Harald V, his brothers King Willem-Alexander and Prince Constantijn, their mother Beatrix, 75, who abdicated as queen in April, and a few dozen friends and family members.
Despite a tight clampdown on media access to the funeral, state broadcaster NOS showed images of the royal family entering the church grounds, all dressed in black except for the children who were dressed in white.