th Panzergrenadier Division in March of 1945. Fortunately, he was captured by the U.S. Army at Meran before ever seeing combat.
Prince Claus began to suffer increasingly from cancer and Parkinson’s disease. He stopped his royal duties and his illness became ever more severe until his death on October 6, 2002 at the age of 76. HM Queen Beatrix was grief-stricken by the loss and appeared more visibly shaken than any of her subjects had ever seen her.