Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau, second son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, was injured yesterday in an avalanche outside Lech, Austria. While skiing “off-piste” (also known as backcountry skiing), Prince Friso was caught in an avalanche. He reportedly spent 15 minutes buried in the snow before rescuers were able to retrieve him. He is currently in an intensive care trauma unit in an Innsbruck hospital, and official updates from the Dutch Monarchy website list him as being in “stable but critical” condition and “still not out of danger.”
According to dutchnews.nl, the rest of Friso’s family has traveled to Austria to see him. Friso’s elder brother is Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange and heir to the Dutch throne; he also has a younger brother, Prince Constantijn.
Prince Friso and Princess Mabel have two young daughters, Countess Luana and Countess Zaria. If you wish, you may tweet Princess Mabel a note of support at @MabelVanOranje.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Friso and his family at this time.