Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for December
M T W T F S S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Dutch Royals to come back to Lech this year

The Dutch Royal family have said they will continue to have their winter holiday in Lech in Austria despite the accident that left Prince Johan Friso in a coma.

The Prince was buried in an avalance while skiing off piste with a friend.

But the Royal family have said that they still plan to come to Austria as before according to Lech Bürgermeister Ludwig Muxel.

He said the family themselves had informed him of their decision and he said he was sure they would talk about what had happened when they arrived.

Prince Friso, who is being treated at a London hospital following the ski accident in Lech, in Austria, has recently shown a slight improvement.

However, in a statement, the Dutch Royal House said 'it will take many months before there is more clarity' about the prince's chances of recovery.

It gave no further details, but urged the media 'to continue to respect the privacy of the family.'

Queen Beatrix's 44-year-old middle son, who gave up his right to the throne a decade ago, was skiing off-piste when he was caught in an avalanche.

The accident, in which the Prince was trapped under the snow for 25 minutes before he was pulled out unconscious, attracted considerable media attention at the time.

His doctors said his brain was starved of oxygen while he was buried which resulted in a cardiac arrest that lasted 50 minutes.

The accident occurred as Prince Friso was skiing with a childhood friend from the alpine village that the Dutch royal family had been visiting each winter for years.

The friend was carrying an avalanche 'air bag' and escaped without serious injury. Friso was found after 25 minutes with the help of a signaling device he was carrying and was flown by helicopter to an Innsbruck clinic.

Following the accident his condition was at first described as 'stable but life-threatening', and the queen and his wife came to be by his side.

Prince Friso, whose older brother is Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, asked for permission in 2003 to marry Mabel Wisse Smit, Dutch media published details of her relationship with mobster Klaas Bruinsma, who was shot and killed in 1991 in front of the Amsterdam Hilton hotel.

Following the revelations, the couple decided not to get official permission for their marriage.

The couple publicly acknowledged having been 'naive and incomplete' during her vetting process before joining the royal family. Then-Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende signalled he could not recommend the marriage to parliament for approval.

They married anyway, a decision that meant Friso's removal from the line of succession.

The couple are still part of Beatrix's family and attend important royal functions.

Mabel has been granted the title 'Princess Mabel' and Friso has an array of noble titles, including 'Prince of Oranje-Nassau' - but not 'Prince of the Netherlands'.

Prince Friso most recently worked as financial director at Urenco, the European uranium-enrichment consortium.

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!


Cosmo and Nanu
ORF Watch

Tag cloud:
Mabel  Prince  marriage  Friso  avalance  media  friend  accident  Austria  Lech  family  couple  title  buried  vetting  Dutch  Beatrix  acknowledged  skiing  piste

Latest News

 

Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.

Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!

Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.

Kid Left In Coma After Beaten By Teacher For Talking
This is the shocking image of a little Chinese girl before and after she was punished by her teacher - for talking in class.

Freezing Rain Causes Chaos In Central Europe
Freezing weather has arrived in Europe with a vengeance with a layer of ice blanketing parts of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and causing traffic chaos.

Holey Smoke As Car Disappears Down Sinkhole
Motorist Wei Hsiao found himself in a hole lot of trouble in China when a giant sinkhole opened up on the road beneath him, swallowing his entire car.

Shock Moment Police Helicopter Explodes On Street
This is the moment a police helicopter exploded into a spinning ball of flame in Chile when a fire truck clipped one of its rotors.

More Than Twenty 100,000 GBP Motors Used In Bridal Convoy
A Chinese couple who wanted to have the most expensive wedding convoy possible arranged for a convoy of top of the range cars including a stretch Hummer followed by Lamborghinis, Porsches and other VIP motors.

Riot Police Star In Downs Syndrome Calendar
Spanish riot police have joined forces with Down's syndrome kids to take part in a special calendar for charity.

Chinese Nuclear Winter Smog Leaves Clinics Full
Fresh proof of Chinese scientists' claims that the country's toxic air pollution resembles a nuclear winter are shown by these images that show clinics and hospitals packed with patients suffering with trouble breathing.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers