Willem-Alexander steps in for distraught Queen Beatrix

Tuesday February 28, 2012

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has cancelled her engagements for the week to stay close to her critically ill son Johan Friso.

On Monday, Prince Willem-Alexander, who is the heir to the throne, stepped in to attend an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the battle of Java, a former Dutch colony.

He was given flowers by concerned well-wishers.

Prince Friso is fighting for his life after being buried by an avalanche in Lech, Austria.

Since his accident, the monarch, his distraught wife Mabel and older brother Willem-Alexander have been visiting him daily.

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