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Dutch 'Mother of Nation' Queen Juliana Dies at 94

Obituaries Queen Juliana Netherlands 2004

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#1 DWF

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 02:40 PM

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Queen Juliana, dubbed the "people's queen" of the Netherlands after she helped the country recover from World War II and oversaw the independence of its last remaining colonies, died on Saturday at the age of 94.

The bicycling monarch who broke with convention by shopping at her local supermarket and sending her children to state school died of a lung infection at 5:50 a.m. (0450 GMT) in the Soestdijk palace where she lived most of her life. She had been ill for several years.

Her husband, Prince Bernhard, and three of her four daughters, including Queen Beatrix, were at her bedside when she died. The fourth daughter arrived soon afterwards from the United States.

"The Netherlands has lost its mother," Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said in a televised address.

He said Juliana, who reigned from 1948 until she abdicated in 1980 in favor of Beatrix, was a queen "for the people, not the powerful." Balkenende said she would have become a social worker if she had not been queen.

Juliana Louise Emma Marie Wilhelmina was born in the Hague, the only child of Queen Wilhelmina and Prince Hendrik.

On ascending the throne, she quickly captured hearts at home and abroad as she strove to bring the royal family closer to the people. It is her birthday, on April 30, that is still celebrated as the Queen's Day holiday.

"Together with Prince Bernhard, she worked for the reconstruction of our country after World War II. Supported by her religion, she was an indefatigable campaigner for solidarity, community spirit and human dignity," the prime minister said.

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 03:06 PM

My heart goes out to her family and her nation.
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Posted 20 March 2004 - 03:11 PM

My condolances to her family and subjects.

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 03:45 PM

She couldn't have led a more beautiful life.  I'm glad she was surrounded by her family and went peacefully.  I can't think of a better way to go out, after leading such a full and charitable life.

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 11:55 PM

From what I've read, Princess Juliana was a very down-to-earth monarch, despite being one of the richest women in the world.  I know she was very much loved by the Dutch.
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Posted 21 March 2004 - 12:50 PM

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Juliana was such an iconic figure in Dutch life, it is a very sad day for the nation

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Posted 22 March 2004 - 08:11 AM

My sympathies to the Dutch.... :(
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Posted 22 March 2004 - 03:36 PM

She had a long and remarkable life.  :cool:

I'm sorry for her countrymen.
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Posted 26 March 2004 - 09:58 AM

I found out that Juliana's funeral will be on March 30.

Here is the main site for the Dutch royal family, which has information about Juliana.


And here's a good article on her.

Edited by Call Me Robin, 26 March 2004 - 09:58 AM.

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