Queen Beatrix Celebrates With Knights

  June 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm by

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On Saturday Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands went to the Grote Kerk in Naarden to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Dutch protestant Johanniter order. The Dutch branch of the ancient order was founded in 1909 by prince Hendrik, consort of queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands.

At the moment the order has over 3000 volunteers and 600 members, who all are active in helping others, like handicapped or lonely people. Younger members of the order even visit juvenile prisons and the order also organizes holidays for handicapped people.

Queen Beatrix, who wore the ceremonial Johanniter cape at the event, was welcomed by Jhr. J.P. de Savorin Lohman, the co adjutor of the order. In the great church of Naarden Her Majesty received a book about the order that was written by Monda Heshusius. The queen is the honorary commandor of the order while her father, the late prince Bernhard, used to be ‘land commandor’.

Click here to visit the website o f the Dutch Johanniter Order.

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