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« on: October 06, 2012, 09:12:39 AM »

Today ten years ago one of the most formidable members of the Royal Family. A much missed beloved father, a true gentleman of a husband and the most loyal consort a queen could wish.












The funeral

http://www.youtube.com/embed/7gVCCNUZfkM
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 09:31:32 AM »

A sweet man...and a dog lover.  Thumb up
Beatrix and Claus appeared very close.


No wonder his sons make good loving husbands.
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2012, 04:50:26 PM »

When I first saw the title of this thread, all I could see was In Memoriam: Prince.  The "Claus" part was cut off and for a minute I thought it was Friso Sad  I never knew of the Dutch royals when Claus was alive, but seeing the funeral footage is very sad.  He must have had a very loving relationship with Bea and the boys.
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2012, 07:21:39 PM »

Thank you anirac and it's good to see you here again.
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2012, 07:28:10 PM »

He always seemed like a kind guy. I remember that he had a long battle with depressions and a variety of other illnesses. Crap
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2012, 08:38:05 PM »

Very sad to see Johan Friso at the funeral. I suppose none of us knows when our time will come.

On a happier note, I've always liked this video of the engagement of Beatrix and Claus (despite the fact that I understand only a bit of Dutch): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFAWhiSIsWI
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2012, 11:00:15 AM »

When I first saw the title of this thread, all I could see was In Memoriam: Prince.  The "Claus" part was cut off and for a minute I thought it was Friso Sad  I never knew of the Dutch royals when Claus was alive, but seeing the funeral footage is very sad.  He must have had a very loving relationship with Bea and the boys.

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Thank you anirac and it's good to see you here again.

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I thought it might be a suitable moment for a post

Another wonderful hommage in pictures on Volkskrant
http://www.volkskrant.nl/...r-geleden-overleden.dhtml
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2012, 11:06:53 AM »

i think he was a great man, very intelligent and very sensitive
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2012, 03:11:39 AM »

What a sad day it must be for the Queen and her family. And I'm sure they all most be thinking that another funeral looms.
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2012, 03:31:11 AM »

I'm not a cryer but that funeral had me teary.

The love in that family is clear.  And god bless Maxi - she wears her heart on her sleeve.  For all her faults, her empathy is her best point.
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2012, 04:48:16 AM »

I fight the good fight of depression, and so that just makes me admire Prins Claus even more. He was so polished and thoughtful. Really one of the most beautiful grand quiet gentlemen I've ever heard of. I truly miss having this gentleman in the world. Here's to Prins Claus. Hugs for Bea too.  Sad
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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2012, 05:33:07 AM »

I fight the good fight of depression, and so that just makes me admire Prins Claus even more. He was so polished and thoughtful. Really one of the most beautiful grand quiet gentlemen I've ever heard of. I truly miss having this gentleman in the world. Here's to Prins Claus. Hugs for Bea too.  Sad

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« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2012, 01:19:01 PM »

I know Mabel was with the family at the end of the service - who were the other ladies? where they Claus's sisters?
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« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2012, 02:38:06 PM »

During the funeral it became clear Mabel was not just a fling of prince Friso. People knew it was serious when Mabel was allowed to enter the royal crypt together with the royal family and the sisters of prince Claus.

When entering the crypt Prince Friso supported his mother Queen Beatrix, they were followed by prince Willem-Alexander & princess Máxima, prince Constantijn & princess Laurentien, the 5 surviving sisters of prince Claus and Mabel.

At the death and funeral of prince Claus 5 of his 6 sisters were (still) alive.
Prince Claus was the second child and only son, his sisters were:
-   Sigrid Jencquel (1925), married to Bernd Jencquel (1913-2003)
-   Rixa Ahrends (1927-2010), married to Peter Ahrends (1920)
-   Margit Grübitz (1930-1988), married to Eberhardt Grübitz (1931-2009)
-   Barbara Haarhaus (1930), married to Günther Haarhaus (1921-2007)
-   Theda von Friesen (1939),  married to Freiherr Karl von Friesen (1933)
-   Christina von der Recke (1945), married to Freiherr Hans Hubertus von der Recke (1942)
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« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2012, 02:59:11 PM »

Prince Claus came across as a loving husband and father. In the past it is often said that prince Claus would like have more activities in his field of interest (development cooperation etc.). But that this had been limited, restricted among others because of behavior of prince Bernard before.

I always like that moment which happened during Queensday 1999 in Houten, one of the last Queensdays with prince Claus present. Part of the route is done by bicycle, members of the Royal Family on the bike. Prince Claus spontaneously offers a young woman a ride on the back of his bike

http://nos.nl/koningshuis...-vrouw-achterop-1999.html
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