Juliana of the Netherlands

Queen Wilhelmina escapes to England

The Netherlands had been neutral during the First World War, but the German invasion on 10 May 1940 changed everything. Juliana and her two daughters had been sleeping in a shelter by Huis ten Bosch, and Wilhelmina ordered her heir to leave the country. The initial plan was for her and her daughters to go [read more]

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Beatrix of the Netherlands

Queen Juliana – The twilight years (Part five)

Read part four here.  The day before her official abdication, Juliana looked back on her reign with the words, “Life is beautiful but hard.” The following day, Juliana signed her abdication and her daughter became Queen Beatrix. Like her mother before her, Juliana returned to using the style and title of Her Royal Highness Princess [read more]

Juliana of the Netherlands

Queen Juliana: – Mother & Queen (Part four)

Read part three here. Juliana had been dreading wearing the crown, and she thought it a huge sacrifice. Her first act as Queen was to present her mother with the Military Order of William, the oldest and highest honour of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, for her actions during the Second World War. On 27 [read more]

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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]

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]