Dutch Prince Johan Friso's funeral has been set for this afternoon (16.08.13).

The royal will be laid to rest and buried in the churchyard of the Stulpkerk in the village of Lage Vuursche near Hilversum at the reported time of 15:00 after passing away on Monday (12.08.13) at the age of just 44.

The Prince had spent a year-a-half in a coma following a skiing accident in Austria, in which he was struck by an avalanche in February 2012 and buried for 15 minutes, but despite making a slight improvement earlier this year, he suffered had suffered severe complications since being moved from hospital in London back to the Netherlands last month.

A royal palace statement said on Monday: "His Majesty the King announces with deep regret that His Royal Highness Prince Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David, Prins van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg passed away this morning at Palace Huis ten Bosch in the Hague at age 44.

"Prince Friso has died of complications related to the hypoxic brain injury, which he suffered as the result of his skiing accident in Lech, Austria on 17 February 2012.

The royal palace also paid tribute to the medical team who looked after the prince, who is said to have suffered "massive" brain damage after being hit by the avalanche as well as a heart attack lasting 50 minutes.

Johan has left behind a wife, Princess Mabel, who reportedly spent her 45th birthday on Sunday (11.08.13) at his bedside, as well as two daughters, Luana, eight, and seven-year-old Zaria.