Princess Margriet Visits Canada
Today, we citizens of Ottawa, were proud to welcome Her Royal Highness, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands to Commissioner's Park near Dow's Lake, in south-west of the city. She and her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven were visiting primarily to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands at the end of the Second World War.
Princess Margriet was born here in Ottawa during the war and remained with her family for more than two years, until they could safely return home. Since then, each year the Dutch Royal Family generously gifts the city of Ottawa with thousands of tulip bulbs – hence, the birth of the Canadian Tulip Festival.
This year we received 22,000 bulbs, with which a beautiful display incorporated the symbolism and colours of friendship between our two nations was designed. With the early spring we've been enjoying, the blooms from that particular display had unfortunately already expired! Hopefully not too disappointed, there were plenty of other tulips for the Princess to enjoy.