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Duke of Lippe-Saalfeld 11-18-2004 12:40 PM

Yes there are more older royals, but i don't know them all...

but Bernhard, it is very sad for the Netherlands to lose this man. He was very popular (because his extraordinary lifestyle and the many scandals in wich he was involved to)

The Watcher 11-29-2004 08:11 AM

From BRMB, posted by henri m.
HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands: seriously detoriating

The situation of HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (father of the Queen) is seriously detoriating.

According to a communiqué by the Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst (RVD), the Government Information Service, the Prince now not only has serious problems with his lungs, which cause difficulties with breathing.

He now also has tumors in his darms which cause serious problems. The RVD does not classify the situation as 'the Prince is dying' but the situation has clearly worsened. In the weekend a lot of family visited the 93-years old Prince and that surely had a lot to do with his detoriating health, so said the RVD. The death of Queen Juliana has had a very strong effect on the Prince. Since her death the Prince has fallen into a going-down spiral and he still has not coped with the new situation.

The Watcher 11-29-2004 10:05 AM

From BRMB, posted by henri m.
PM: "Things are not going well at all, for the Prince"

Mr Jan-Peter Balkenende, the minister-president (PM) has confirmed that the situation of Prince Bernhard has become precarious. "It is not going well at all. This is a confirmation of what we already knew. The situation is surrounded with concern."

Last week the minister-president visited Prince Bernhard on Soestdijk Palace. He has has 'intense talks' amongst other topics also 'about life and death' so told the minister-president. According to mr Balkenende, the Prince is at home, on Soestdijk Palace. ma 29 nov 2004, 13:05

xxLindaxx 11-29-2004 10:11 AM

Bernhard's health worsens as tumour spreads

29 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — Prince Bernhard's health is gradually worsening due to the spread of a malignant tumour, the Government Information Service RVD announced on Monday. But the RVD also said the 93-year-old Dutch prince is not terminally ill.

The RVD said Bernhard is suffering from shortness of breath. He has fluid in his chest cavity due to the spread of an inoperable tumour and has also been diagnosed with an intestinal tumour, which is causing serious complaints.

Besides family, Prince Bernhard — the husband of the late Queen Juliana who died on 20 March 2004 — is receiving few other visitors at his home in Soestdijk Palace. The prince's condition is said to be serious and he if(flashinstalled == 2){document.write(" ");}else{document.write("[img]../banners/rad60D5E.gif[/img]");} a large number of family visitors over the weekend.

It was revealed in October that Prince Bernhard was experiencing breathing difficulties and was undergoing regular observation at the UMC hospital in Utrecht. Doctors later removed the fluid, but this only gave temporary relief.

Bernhard — who underwent an operation in 1994 for an intestinal tumour and again in 2000 for a chest cavity growth — decided in November to restrict his official activities as a result of his current health problems.

The German-born Bernhard met the then Princess Juliana in 1936 during the Winter Olympics in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, and their engagement was announced seven months later. They were married on 7 January 1937.

The couple's first daughter, Queen Beatrix, took the Dutch throne when her mother abdicated in 1980. The royal couple also had three other daughters: Irene, Margriet and Christina.

Upon her death in March of this year, Queen Juliana, 94, was interred in the royal family tomb in the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft. Despite initial concerns about his health, Prince Bernhard was fit enough to attend the funeral.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Alexandria 11-29-2004 10:21 AM

Thank you for the updates everyone.

This is very sad news. What a sad loss for the Dutch royal family to lose both parents and grandparents in the same year.

This holiday season would've been no doubt difficult for the Dutch royal family with the lack of presence by Juliana, but now with Bernhard so sick or possibly even not in attendance, too ... very sad.

xxLindaxx 11-29-2004 11:59 AM

Princess Margriet has cancelled her trip to Kenya because of her father. Today she has been visiting her father Prince Bernhard at Soestdijk Palace. His health situation is very bad.

The Watcher 11-29-2004 12:03 PM

She would go to Summit on a Mine-Free World from 29 November until 3 December.

The health of Prince Bernhard seems to be very very bad.
I am afraid, he will pass away before Christmas:(

pdas1201 11-29-2004 12:17 PM

A look at Prince Bernhard's life from Colourpress...

GrandDuchess 11-29-2004 06:04 PM

Let's keep Prince Bernhard in our prayers and thoughts. I hope he doesn't have to suffer any pain from his illnesses.

The Watcher 11-30-2004 03:40 PM

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A lot of royals visited Prince Bernhard today, here are some pictures:

1. Prince Pieter-Christiaan (in uniform, because he is Major) with girlfriend.
2. Princess Marilene
3. Princess Maxima 1
4. Princess Maxima 2
5. Princess Margriet
6. Queen Beatrix
7. Queen Beatrix
8. Princess Irene

sara1981 11-30-2004 04:09 PM

Queen Beatrix not looks happy! because her father very illness im not sure about Princess Maxima?

Sara Boyce

kate14 11-30-2004 06:06 PM

Thanks for the links, The Watcher!

Difficult times!

Ennyllorac 11-30-2004 07:39 PM

It is very sad.... Here is to hoping that when the time comes he goes peacefully and surrounded by those he loves.

Alexandria 11-30-2004 07:49 PM

I hope this is not too insensitive a question to ask, and I don't mean to jump the gun but it does seem apparent that these are unfortunately Prince Bernhard's last days, what kind of funeral will be arranged for him? As the widow of a monarch (and the father of the present monarch) will he be treated to all the "bells and whistles" of a royal funeral or does he have a personal request for a less grand funeral service? (Or a white funeral like his wife?)

Ennyllorac 11-30-2004 07:52 PM

I am imagining that if he had requests that those would be followed and hopefully he would be interred alongside his wife.

The Watcher 12-01-2004 03:58 AM


Originally Posted by Ennyllorac
I am imagining that if he had requests that those would be followed and hopefully he would be interred alongside his wife.

Yes indeed. The funeral will look like the funerals of Claus and Juliana. I don't think it will be a white funeral. Probably it will be a funeral with much pomposity, Bernhard loves that. And I think also that there will be a lot millitary, because Bernhard has been very important for the army.

xxLindaxx 12-01-2004 03:11 PM

Prince Bernhard has been transported to the Utrecht Academic Medical Centre...

The Watcher 12-01-2004 03:27 PM

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Originally Posted by xxLindaxx
Prince Bernhard has been transported to the Utrecht Academic Medical Centre...

I saw it on NOS Journaal. His health is now really bad :( I hope he has no pain.

Today visited Princess Irene, Princess Margriet and Prince Willem-Alexander their (grand)father.

irishchic5 12-01-2004 04:13 PM

They are reporting on the Benelux Board that Bernhard has died. It is not confirmed yet though. :(

royal_sophietje 12-01-2004 04:31 PM

Prince berhnard is dead. Special broadcastings on Dutch TV now

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