Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Netherlands Queen Beatrix

Netherlands Queen Beatrix

This is postmarked in 2011 with a Netherlands stamp.

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Beatrix (Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard; born 31 January 1938) is the Queen Regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands comprising the Netherlands, CuraƧao, Saint Martin, and Aruba. She studied law at Leiden University and in 1966, she married Claus von Amsberg, with whom she had three children. When her mother Juliana abdicated on 30 April 1980, Beatrix succeeded her as Queen of the Netherlands. 

When World War II broke out in the Netherlands in May 1940, the Dutch Royal Family fled to London, United Kingdom. One month later, Beatrix went to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with her mother Juliana and her sister Irene, while her father Bernhard and maternal grandmother Queen Wilhelmina remained in London.  The family lived at the Stornoway residence. In thanks for the protection of her and her daughters, (then) Princess Juliana established the delivery of tulips to the Canadian government every spring, which are the centerpiece of the Canadian Tulip Festival. 


MadeInCanarias said...

What a great card!

O'Neal said...

Nice card. Interesting background story about the family, World War II, and the tulips.