The sleepy Dutch village of Lage Vuursche will be closed off for most of Friday in order to facilitate the funeral of Prince Friso, second son of former queen Beatrix and younger brother of current King Willem-Alexander.
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Just like Wednesday workers were busy all day Thursday to set up fences, repair the road and the entry to Drakensteyn Castle, former home of the prince and future residence of Princess Beatrix who bought the recently renovated property in 1959.
The fences will serve as shields to allow the Royal Family to have a truly private burial after the brief service in the historic protestant Stulp Church, where some 80 members of the family, friends and Norway’s King Harald – Prince Friso was his godson – will gather.
The service will be led by Rev. Carel ter Linden, who conducted the wedding service for Friso and his wife Princess Mabel, and also conducted the funeral services for Friso’s late father Prince Claus (2002) and his late grandfather Prince Bernhard (2004).
The road in front of the little church will be closed from 8 AM local time, and media and public will be kept at great distance. Only one photographer and a small camerateam will be allowed to take a few shots as the Royal Family arrives. They will be walking from Drakensteyn, across the so called Slotlaan (Castle Lane) to the church.
The Royal Family as not released any details ahead of the funeral service, nor has it communicated who will be expected to attend outside the immediate family. The choir which will sing at the funeral was heard rehearsing in the Church late Thursday. Later this year a memorial service will be held to honour Prince Friso, 44.
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