Birthday of Princess Mabel and Death of Prince Johan Friso

The Royal Hats BLog Princess Mabel celebrated her 45th birthday yesterday. I was going to post a regular birthday post but awoke to the shocking news that her husband, Prince Johan Friso, passed away today after being in a coma for 18 months. While Mabel has handled herself with unwavering grace during the incredibly difficult past year and a half, the gravity of today’s final loss is unimaginable for her and her young daughters. Our deepest condolences are with Princess Mabel, Princess Beatrix and the entire Dutch Royal Family.

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Wedding Day, April 24, 2004  

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At Princess Amalia’s Christening, June 24, 2004 

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At the christening of Princess Alexia on November 19, 2005

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Queen’s Day on April 30, 2005; with daughters Luana and Zaria at Princess Ariane’s christening on October 20, 2007

Princesses Mabel, November 20, 2010 | The Royal Hats BlogAt the wedding of Prince Carlos of Bourbon Parma,  November 20, 2010

Photos from Getty as indicated; and Dutch Photo Press

10 thoughts on “Birthday of Princess Mabel and Death of Prince Johan Friso

  1. My heart goes out to Princess Mabel and Queen Beatrix. A woman should never have to bury her husband at such a young age and a mother should never have to bury her son.

  2. This is such a terrible tragedy from all angles. Tragic accident, tragic end of a young family, tragic death. The only thing I wish is that Mabel can now find some peace.

    • The whole saga has been tragic. At least it’s over and everyone can move on with their lives.

      Looking at these photos I’m struck by how great most of Mabel’s hats are. She has such a reputation for horrible fashion but her hats aren’t bad. Some of them are great. Girl can rock a pillbox.

  3. When God closes a door he opens a window. My thoughts and prayers are with Queen Beatrix and this young princess and her girls.

  4. Really a blessing for him. He had no quality of life. I thank you for letting us know so quickly – we don’t get this kind of news over in the states.I will put a prayer card in the basket at church today when I go over there and light a candle. I would assume given the circumstances it will be a private celebration of life and burial when arrangements are made.

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