Flowers of friendship
theme of old friends and reliable partners formed the heart of a story shared recently by the Netherlands Ambassador Wim Geerts with members of the Canadian Club of Ottawa. To kick off the celebration of 65 years of friendship between Canada and the Netherlands, the Ambassador spoke about a bond that dates back to 1945 when Canada aided in the liberation of the Netherlands.
Every year, the capital has a symbolic reminder of its special relationship with the Netherlands with the springtime blooming of beautiful tulips. In the fall of 1945, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs in appreciation of the safe haven that the city provided to members of the Dutch Royal Family during the Second World War. When Princess Margriet was born at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, her hospital room was declared “Dutch soil” and the flag of the Netherlands flew on Parliament’s Peace Tower.