Monday, May 20, 2024

A Deep Bond

 Picking up where I left off yesterday. Crown Princess Juliana of the Netherlands found refuge in Ottawa during the Second World War, while her mother Queen Wilhelmina operated from London to rally the Dutch people. Juliana came with her daughters, while her husband Prince Bernhard, visited frequently.

She and the girls took to the city, and the city took to her, and she worked tirelessly to represent her people and encourage support for the war.

In 1943, another daughter, Princess Margriet, was born. The Canadian government declared the maternity suite extraterritorial to ensure her royal status.

She was baptized at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church; her father and grandmother made the journey overseas to attend, and the service was broadcast on Radio Orange. The photos you see here are by Yousuf Karsh, the Ottawa portrait photographer who became the pre-eminent portrait photographer of the 20th century.

The liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian soldiers deepened the friendship of these two countries- a positive result of war.

Princess Margriet has often visited over the years since to the city where she was born, and has made a point of spending time with Canadian veterans.

Malak Karsh was the brother of Yousuf Karsh, and he chose the landscapes of Canada as his subject for his life's work as a photographer- becoming famous in his own right. It was Malak who proposed the idea of the Tulip Festival, and he is thus considered its founder.

A splash of colour to end this post.


  1. Nice bit of history here about the Royals, the connection between the two countries, the tulip festival, and the photographers.

  2. I think the bond survives on a nation to nation basis, but the average Dutch citizen knows little of this.

  3. ...this is a wonderful story, it needs to be retold!

  4. Those signs do a great job of telling the story.

  5. What a peaceful remembrance of a war torn time, having beautiful blossoms each year.

  6. I follow a Dutch blogger and there are interesting posts on their royal family and relationship to Canada.

  7. Interesting Dutch Canadian connection history.

  8. She sounds like an important person, good to read she visits those who need her.

  9. What wonderful tribute to the Princess and family ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. That bond is still mutual. Every year, Canadian veterans and their family members are welcome in Friesland to celebrate the liberation together.