On February 18, 2012, Her Royal Highness Princess Christina of the Netherlands turned 65 years old, and in honor of the princess’s birthday the Dutch network, NOS, aired a new documentary about her life. Click the link below to watch:
Last year, journalist James Chau interviewed Their Majesties King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece on “… the eve of the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton.” Click the links below to watch the interview in English.
His Royal Highness Prince Johan Friso of Oranje-Nassau remains at the Innsbruck University Hospital’s intensive care and trauma unit after being buried by an avalanche on February 17, 2012.
As of today the second son of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the late Prince Claus remains in “stable” condition; however, the Dutch royal court made it clear that Prince Johan Friso is still “not out of danger.” The medical team treating the prince stated that they, “…will not be able to give a full prognosis of his condition until the end of this week.”
Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Prince Johan Friso’s wife, Princess Mabel and their children remain in Austria and continue to visit the prince every day. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, Prince Maxima and their family along with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien and their family are also in Austria.
Finally, after receiving a tremendous amount messages of support and prayers from people all over the world the Dutch royal court released a statement today:
The members of the royal family are sincerely grateful and deeply touched by all the messages of support and kindness they have received since Prince Friso’s skiing accident. They are a great support to them at this difficult time.
His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan, who underwent heart surgery on Saturday, is recovering well and was able to drink water on Sunday morning in the intensive care unit where he is being treated, Imperial Household Agency officials said.
The agency said the Emperor asked a doctor when he can start reading books.
Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko of Japan visited University of Tokyo Hospital to see her 78-year-old husband, while many people signed books for well-wishers in front of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo.
Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Prince Akishino visited their father on Sunday afternoon.
Asked about the Emperor’s heart bypass surgery, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told reporters at his official residence, “I’m relieved that it ended without complications. I want to pray for his quick recovery.”
The Emperor underwent coronary artery bypass surgery on Saturday. The operation, which lasted about four hours, ended without complications or significant bleeding, according to a team of physicians from the hospital and Juntendo University Hospital who operated on him.