Dutch princess returns to Ottawa, where she was born during World War II

OTTAWA – Princess Margriet of the Netherlands is now visiting Ottawa, the city where she was born during World War II.

The princess was born in the Ottawa civic hospital after the Dutch royal family fled to Canada to escape the occupying Nazi forces in 1940.

During her official visit to Canada, she meets with the Prime Minister, Governor General and MPs and talks to Canadian veterans who helped liberate the Netherlands from the Nazis.

She also plans to visit the Canadian Tulip Festival and plant tulips in Stornoway, where she and her family lived when she was a child and is now the residence of the Opposition leader.

The official visit, which will run until Monday, was originally scheduled for 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands.

After Germany’s invasion of the Netherlands, Princess Juliana, heir to Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, was evacuated with her husband and children to the safety of Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 12, 2022.

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