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Dutch royals rally round Queen Beatrix to enjoy sun-kissed family wedding

18 JUNE 2012

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her family have been through some testing times of late.

Her son, Prince Johan Friso, continues to fight for his life in a coma following a skiing accident.

But the Dutch royals put their personal tragedy to one side as they joined together to celebrate a family wedding.

 

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The sovereign watched proudly as her niece, Caroline of Bourbon-Parma, married fashion heir Albert Brenninkmeijer in Florence, Italy.

Caroline is the youngest daughter of the queen's sister, Irene.

Now an extended member of the House of Orange-Nassau, Albert is already well versed in society life.

His family founded international clothing chain C&A and are considered to be one of the richest in Europe.

 

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Also sharing the couple's joy were Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Maxima, who was the epitome of elegance in a sheer beige top and feather detail skirt.

Johan Friso's activist wife Mabel was also present. Her bright smile showed that the constant support of her husband's family – particularly sister-in-law Maxima – is helping her through these difficult times.