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AMSTERDAM — Planning to marry on Saturday without the Dutch
Parliament's approval, Prince Johan Friso and his fiancee, Mabel
Wisse Smit, have denied they lied about Mabel's former relationship
with drugs baron Klaas Bruinsma.
But the royal couple admitted they should have immediately revealed
the full details of the contact Mabel had with Bruinsma. Instead,
Prince Friso had advised Mabel to only tell "the important facts" to
the Dutch government.
In a televised interview with royal journalists Maartje van Weegen
and Paul Witteman on public broadcaster NOS on Monday night, Mabel
denied again that she had a love affair with Bruinsma, who was shot
and killed in Amsterdam in 1991.
Mabel dismissed claims by a former Bruinsma bodyguard, Charlie da
Silva, that she had been the drugs baron's lover — claims which
rapidly led to a media barrage discrediting the couple last year —
and said they were "unbelievable nonsense".
"I thought no one is going to believe this," she said.
Mabel told Friso in 2000 about her contact with Bruinsma, claiming
that it was a friendship that lasted just several months. Friso said
the friendship was formed 15 years ago when Mabel was a young girl,
naïve and that the relationship had never been extraordinary.
Mabel had been open to him about the matter and he did not think any
problems would arise. He did not consider it necessary to immediately
tell his mother, Queen Beatrix — who later had difficulty with the
scandal, but had given enormous support, news agency ANP reported.
Despite the fact that the third-in-line Prince Friso will renounce
his rights to the Dutch throne by marrying Mabel, the couple denied
that a shadow had been thrown over their marriage — scheduled for
this coming Saturday in Delft.
After Mabel admitted to Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende in
October 2003 she had withheld the full extent of her relationship
with Bruinsma, the prime minister decided against requesting
Parliament's approval of the marriage. Such permission is necessary
for Prince Friso to retain his rights of succession.
The Prince admitted on Monday he had grown up with the thought that
he would always be in line for the throne, but had to swallow the
fact that this was no longer the case, newspaper De Telegraaf
And Mabel said the only shadow that was hanging over their wedding
was the absence of three fathers. She was referring to Prince Friso's
father, the deceased Prince Claus, and to her deceased father and
Friso suggsted the Royal House had roots so deeply embedded in Dutch
society that the controversy surrounding his marriage to Mabel had
not inflicted permanent damage on the royal institute.
He accused the media of "plainly scandalous" behaviour in its
reporting of the affair, claiming that the simplest of facts were not
checked and that the various media organisations discussed the matter
with each other.
For her part, Mabel remembers the time as being extremely painful for
her family. "Everyone was suddenly a Mabel expert. It was a hurricane
the came over me from which it was difficult to keep a foothold," she
Dealing with other matters, Prince Friso said it was an awkward
moment when the Government Information Service (RVD) publicly stated
several years ago that he was not homosexual. He said the decision to
issue the statement was taken after the serious press began giving
credence to rumours alleging that he was gay.
Friso also took the interview as an opportunity to set straight other
misunderstandings and denied he shirked from the annual Queen's Day
celebrations. Instead, the prince said he looked forward to the event.
Mabel was quizzed by Witteman over her preference for powerful men.
She answered by saying she was in love with Friso and that it was
incidental that he was a prince.
Anna will be flower gurl, how sweet!!!!!
Guests, Witnesses, Bridesmaids, page boys and flower girls
Wedding of Prince Friso and Miss Mabel Wisse Smit
As announced previously, His Royal Highness Prince Friso of the Netherlands and Miss Mabel Wisse Smit will be married in Delft on Saturday 24 April 2004.
The bridal couple chose the municipality of Delft due to the city’s historical ties with the House of Orange-Nassau. Moreover, Miss Mabel Wisse Smit’s father and Prince Friso both studied at Delft University of Technology.
The guest list is mainly made up of personal friends of the bridal couple.
The following royal guests will be present:
His Majesty King Harald V and Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway
Their Highnesses Sheikh Salman and Sheikha Halaa Al-Khalifa of Bahrein
Their Royal Highnesses Prince Hassan bin Talal and Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan
Their Royal Highnesses Prince Kyril and Princess Rosario of Preslav (Bulgaria)
King Harald V is the Prince’s godfather.
The following will also be present:
Mr George Soros, founder and president of the Soros Foundations Network, and his wife
Mr Aryeh Neier, director of the Soros Foundations Network and founder of Human Rights Watch, and his wife
Mr Mark Malloch Brown, director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and his wife
Witnesses for the bridegroom
The witnesses for the bridegroom at the church ceremony in the Oude Kerk are:
His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange, the bridegroom’s brother.
His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, the bridegroom’s brother.
Lodewijk Beijst, a friend of the bridegroom from his student days in Delft. He studied business administration and is currently the director of Superserver.
Dante Weijerman, a friend of the bridegroom. They met playing golf while at primary school. Mr Weijerman studied law in Leiden and is currently a director of the Central National Company. He is married with three daughters.
Sophie von der Recke, a cousin of the bridegroom (her mother, Christina Baronin von der Recke-von Amsberg, is the youngest sister of the bridegroom’s late father, His Royal Highness Prince Claus of the Netherlands). She is an artist and lives in Hamburg, Germany.
Prince Constantijn and Lodewijk Beijst will also be witnesses at the civil marriage.
The witnesses for the bride
The witnesses for the bride at the church ceremony are:
Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, a friend of the bride and sister-in-law of the bridegroom.
Eveline Wisse Smit, the bride’s sister. She studied economics in Amsterdam and plays hockey in the first women’s team of Amsterdam Hockey Club.
Nicoline Wisse Smit, the bride’s sister and the mother of Lotte, one of the flower girls. She studied at the Maastricht Hotel Management School and has her own public relations and communications firm, Wis en Waarachtig.
Andrea Knap-Kleekamp, a friend of the bride. They met playing hockey when at secondary school. She studied French language and literature in Amsterdam and Paris, and is married. Her son, Max, is a page boy at the wedding.
Willemijn Verloop, a friend of the bride. They met when Ms Verloop began working for the European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans in 1994. She studied history in Amsterdam and is now a director of War Child Netherlands, of which Mabel Wisse Smit was a founding board member (1995-1996).
Nicoline Wisse Smit and Andrea Knap-Kleekamp will also be witnesses at the civil marriage.
Bridesmaids, page boys and flower girls
Sophie von der Recke
Eveline Wisse Smit
Page boys and flower girls:
Lotte Crombag (aged 4), daughter of the witness Nicoline Wisse Smit and godchild of the bride
Max Knap (aged 6), son of the witness Andrea Knap-Kleekamp
Anna van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven (aged 3), second cousin of the bridegroom
Theodora Petalas (aged 9), granddaughter of Johan Christian Baron von Jenisch, the late godfather of the bridegroom
Friso Wisse Smit (aged 3), second cousin of the bride
RVD, 22 April 2004
Has somebody recorded the christening of Ingrid Alexandra?It was so nice to see all of them together as a happy family...
More information about wedding, www.koninklijkhuis.nl
-The church ceremony will take place in the Oude Kerk. Reverend Carel A. ter Linden, Minister Emeritus of the Kloosterkerk, The Hague, will officiate.
-Elder: A.C. Valkenburg
* Organist: Bas de Vroome (oragnist of Old Church)
* The 'Laurenscantorij' and 'Laurens-Bachorkest' from Rotterdam. (conductor: Barend Schuurman)
* Soprano: Nienke Oostenrijk
* The 'Trouwlied' (special wedding-song for Mabel and Friso) from Huub Oosterhuis and Antoine Oomen.
-Guard of Honour: 'Delftsche Studentenweerbaarheid', I don't know the translation, but it is a special part of the army for students, in this case students from Delft (when the Prince studied).
-Flowers: from the Association of Flowers-auctions in the Netherlands (right translation?)
-Monogram: designed by Prince Friso and Hans Kruit.
-Car: Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Limousine Landaulette (same Rolls-Royal as used for wedding of Prince of Orange)