- Mar 30, 2014
The argument that a wedding to a Dutch commoner would endear the Royal House more is hard to prove. No any royal was more met with genuine love and admiration as Juliana, as royal as possible from both maternal and paternal sides. No consort was more popular (and therefore his fall was harder) than Bernhard zur Lippe-Biesterfeld. It was exactly the groom in question, Pieter van Vollenhoven, who had to fight hard to be taken au sérieux by his fellow commoner countrymen who seemed to treat him alike his own parents: "Know your place!"