Dutch con­nec­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

In 1945, the Dutch royal fam­ily sent more than 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada in recog­ni­tion of Canada’s role in lib­er­at­ing the Nether­lands and for their co-op­er­a­tion dur­ing the royal fam­ily’s stay in Canada dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. The Dutch royal fam­ily had fled to Eng­land to avoid cap­ture from the Ger­mans and Queen Wil­helmina of the Nether­lands (1890 to 1948) sent her daugh­ter Princess Ju­liana and the royal grand­daugh­ters, Irene and Beatrix, to find shel­ter in Canada. Dur­ing their stay, Princess Ju­liana gave birth to Princess Mar­griet Fran­cisca in 1943. The tulips that were sent over were planted in the cap­i­tal re­gion and the Cana­dian Tulip Fes­ti­val was born.

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