March 21, 2004 by

Princess Juliana

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Categories: Royalty

juliana.jpgJuliana Louise Emma Marie Wilhelmina, Princess of Orange-Nassau and former Queen of The Netherlands, died on March 20 from pneumonia. She was 94.
The only child of Queen Wilhelmina and Prince Hendrik, Juliana studied literature and religion at Leiden University. During the Depression of the early 1930s, she represented the Royal House at many official events and served as president of The Netherlands Red Cross. Juliana and her family were briefly forced to flee to England when the Nazi army invaded The Netherlands in 1940. She spent several years living in Canada then returned to her impoverished homeland after the war ended.
Juliana was 39 years old when she took the throne in 1948. Over the next three decades, she helped rebuild her country, officially ended 346 years of colonial rule in the former Dutch East Indies and oversaw the recognition of an independent Indonesia.
Known as a kind and down-to-earth monarch, Juliana was also active in social issues. She frequently visited hospitals and retirement homes, and toured the southern provinces of Zeeland and South Holland during the floods of 1953, in which 1,800 people died. Her children attended public school, and she was often spotted riding her bicycle or shopping at the local supermarket.
Although she abdicated the throne to her daughter Beatrix in 1980, Juliana remained popular with her subjects. The Dutch continued to celebrate their national holiday on her birthday, despite the fact that she declined the title of queen mother and chose to be called princess instead. Her final years were spent in seclusion.

5 Responses to Princess Juliana

  1. Timothy Nyborg

    My parents and grandparents have always spoken so highly of this woman that represented hope and determination for them in some of the Netherlands darkest hours

  2. MARK ALLGEIER

    Queen Juliana touched the heart of the entire world with her cool charm and love of those less fortunate. She will be sadly missed.

  3. John Van Der Bas

    Queen Juliana as the monarch was the peoples Queen
    I as a former subject of her continue to admire the Dutch Royal family for the plain and simple way in wich they go about their lives.Thank you , now former Princess Juliana for how you instilled such fine forms of living in your children You were a fine and great Lady I admired.

  4. MARLENE STOMPER

    PRINCESS MAXIMA SHOULD HAVE DIED NOT PRINCESS JULIANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  5. MARLENE STOMPER

    IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN PRINCESS MAXIMA’S FUNERAL!!!!
    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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