Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Returning to the Tulip Festival series today, we have more of the flowers.

I mentioned a pavilion that had been set up in the park (and should have worded things differently, as some of you were expecting more on that classic car. Oops). The pavilion included a panel on the Dutch royals and time spent in Canada during the Second World War.

It also included panels on The Scheldt, a battle in 1944 that was part of the liberation of the Netherlands. This year and next year mark the 75th anniversary of liberation. This battle, involving Canadian troops alongside British and Polish soldiers, was a ferocious campaign.

I returned to the path, and continued photographing tulips.

Here we have more of the historical panels. When Princess Margriet was born, her father and grandmother crossed the Atlantic to attend the baptism. The ceremony was held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church downtown, attended by the great and the good, and broadcast on Radio Orange to the people in the occupied Netherlands. The photographs on this panel were taken by Yousuf Karsh at the time.

The ultimate liberation of the Netherlands established a warm friendship between the liberated and the liberators that thrives to this day.

Princess Margriet has often come back to Canada throughout her life, making a point of meeting with veterans in particular.


  1. Quite embarassing, I never knew of your countries´ connection.
    But it´s a beautiful one.

  2. I like the mixed colour beds of tulips. Interesting information about the connection between Canada and the Netherlands.

  3. A striking contrast between the horrors of war and the beauty of the tulips. May all friendships between all countries continue to flourish.

  4. These are very "dutch" days or tulips ... :))

  5. ...such iconic images of beautiful Ottawa.

  6. The 75th anniversary of liberation will start in a view weeks, 75 years after D-Day. In our region will be a lot of attention for our Canadian liberators again next year, I suppose. And I hope some of the last survivors can come over for the celebrations.

  7. Oh, I love your tulip shots, William !

  8. I think that this bond between Dutch and Canadian will endure forever!

  9. What a nice remembrance signs between the tulips. Princes Margriet is a very nice down to earth princes, loved by everyone!

  10. gorgeous blooms. so pretty. love all the colors. ( ;

  11. There's a strong tie to the Netherlands there William.. gorgeous tulip displays today 🌷

  12. @Iris: it is a strong bond.

    @Fun60: I think so!

    @John: quite true.

    @Ella: indeed.

    @Tom: thanks!

    @Jan: I hope so too.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Karl: thanks!

    @David: I believe so.

    @Marianne: I can see why.

    @Beth: that they are.

    @Italiafinlandia: it is.

    @Grace: thank you.

  13. These were great moments for both countries.

  14. Wonderful history post about the Netherlands and beautiful tulip photos ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. They are such bright spots of color after the long winter.

  16. Lovely to see William, and your posts are always very interesting to read. Thank you :)

  17. It looks like beautiful flowers as far as the eye can see.

  18. The tulips are gorgeous and I love seeing all the various colours.

  19. Love the tulip display! Tweeted.

  20. @Marie: they do.

    @Red: indeed.

    @Carol: there's a lot of history.

    @Michelle: definitely.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Sharon: we have a lot.

    @Bill: so do I.

    @RedPat: thanks!

    @Mari: thank you.

  21. I love tulips, they are flowers so colorful and delicate.
    The place where I saw the most quantity and variety was in Amsterdam at the beautiful keukenhof gardens.
    Wonderful photos.
    Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

  22. I LOVE TULIPS! (yes, I shouted.)

  23. I like how many information plaques there are.

  24. Those tulip beds are incredibly beautiful. Interesting history, too. Thank you for all this information and flowers. :-)

  25. A great history behind a wonderful festival.

  26. Reminds me my excursion to the Keukenhof in Holland !

  27. A lot of History behind this colourful festival.
    Your photographs are wonderful.

    All the best Jan

  28. I love that Canada has this wonderful relationship with the Netherlands. It certainly is beautiful.

  29. Interesting story about royal Dutch family.

  30. @Maria: thank you.

    @Catalyst: me too.

    @Gill: It's good to have.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Kay: definitely.

  31. @Fi: they are.

    @Gattina: I can see that.

    @Jan: a lot of history.

    @Jeanie: I agree.

    @Klara: indeed.