Queen Beatrix asked Ruud Lubbers , a three-time prime minister, to meet political leaders and report back quickly on how a new Dutch government can be formed, after five weeks of inconclusive coalition talks.
Friso van Oranje, the second son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, is in critical condition in an Austrian hospital after being buried in an avalanche while skiing, the Dutch Government Information Service said.
King Juan Carlos, who early in his reign faced down a military coup that threatened Spain’s return to democracy before seeing his family dragged into a corruption scandal last year, said he will abdicate the throne in favor of his son.
Dutch leaders face months of talks to form a government after election results showed Mark Rutte ’s Liberals one seat ahead of the Labor Party. Geert Wilders ’s anti-immigrant Freedom Party surged to third place.
The Netherlands is getting ready to celebrate tomorrow’s inauguration of King Willem-Alexander, with security stepped up for an event forecast to attract at least 800,000 people to Amsterdam and millions of television viewers.