Country feels deeply for the Royal Family

Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke to Queen Beatrix and Princess Mabel by telephone this morning. He told them that everyone in the Netherlands felt deeply for them in this time of concern and sorrow.

The Queen said that the family was touched by the many messages of encouragement they had received during the past week. The Prime Minister trusts that from today no one will consider intruding on the privacy of Prince Friso, Princess Mabel and their children. The whole family needs to come to terms with the bad news they received today from the doctors attending the Prince. 

The head of the medical team attending His Royal Highness Prince Friso at Innsbruck university hospital has issued a press statement.