On This Day: Crown Princess Juliana Marries Her German Prince
Eighty years ago, Crown Princess Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld were married at the Great Church (St Jacobskerk) in The Hague.
Following the ceremony (which had been preceded by a civil ceremony at The Hague’s Town Hall), the newlyweds appeared on the balcony of Noordeinde Palace to greet the gathered crowd. While a number of royals and nobles attended the wedding (including the Duke of Kent and Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone), it was a smaller turnout than had been expected as several German guests were not granted visas by the Nazi Government in time to attend.
The bride wore an ivory silk gown from Maison Kühne, with a white tulle veil anchoring a diadem of diamond rose brooches (roses being the symbol of the House of Lippe, a nod to her new husband’s family).
Juliana and Bernhard, who had four daughters, were married for 67 years before their respective deaths in 2004.Filed under Germany, The Netherlands
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