It was announced last week that Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven will make an official visit to Canada from 13 May to 16 May.
This four-day visit aims to honour the anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War. The couple will visit six cities in the Ontario province during their tour. They will start by visiting the Holland Christian Homes in Brampton which are the largest Dutch-Canadian nursing and residential homes in the country.
They will be in Stratford and Goderich on the next day. The day will be devoted to the commemorations of World War II, and a plaque will be revealed on the building used by the Princess Irene Brigade in Stratford; In Goderich, they will attend a veteran parade and unveil a plaque in memory of Canadian soldiers who died in the Netherlands. They will also attend a concert.
Speaking of the visit in a written statement to the Stratford Beacon Herald, Mayor Dan Mathieson said:
“Her Royal Highness’s presence here is of historical significance to both our city and our Dutch population. Dating back to the Second World War, when Stratford served as a training base for the Princess Irene Brigade, the Dutch have played a major role in our city’s history.”
On 15 May, they will stop in Hamilton where scientific cooperation will be the focus of the day. Princess Margriet will attend the Antibiotic Resistance and One Health Network round table.
On 16 May, Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven will spend their day in Burlington to focus on the friendship between the Netherlands and Canada with Canadian students. Apeldoorn, where the couple lives, is one of Burlington’s twin cities, and four schools have active student exchanges with schools in Apeldoorn. The couple will plant a tree in Apeldoorn Park at 2 pm, and residents are invited to attend the ceremony.
To conclude their official visit, the couple will visit the 48th Highlanders of Canada Museum in Toronto before meeting with Dutch entrepreneurs living in Canada.
Princess Margriet was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in 1943, during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and she regularly visits the country. This visit is the latest of many initiatives to develop the relations between the two nations.