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Juliana of the Netherlands

Queen Juliana – Queen-in-waiting (Part three)

Read part two here. On 10 July 1936, the dashing Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld proposed to Princess Juliana and after some consideration, she accepted him. The engagement was meant to remain a secret for three months, but the news leaked, and so it was officially announced on 8 September. Bernhard endeared himself to the public [read more]

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Juliana of the Netherlands

Queen Wilhelmina returns home from exile

Queen Wilhelmina had been forced to flee after the German invasion in 1940, and she spent most of her time in exile in England with her government. By March 1945 – the war was still going on in the northern parts of the country – Wilhelmina wanted nothing more than to return home. During a [read more]