Wedding of Crown Princess Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld

Today marks the Anniversary of the Wedding of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, who got married on this day in 1937. Then then Crown Princess Juliana of The Netherlands, heiress to the Dutch Throne, married Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld in a relatively private wedding, which was not a State Occassion. The couple had four daughters and remained married until their deaths in 2004.

Two nights before the wedding, Queen Wilhelmina (wearing the Mellerio Ruby Tiara), Crown Princess Juliana (in the Dutch Diamond Bandeau) and Prince Bernhard (in the Order of the Netherlands Lion) were accompanied by some of the Royal Guests, including Prince George, Duke of Kent (in the Order of the Netherlands Lion) and Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (wearing her Diamond Palmette Tiara) and a host of German Royalty and Nobility, attended an Opera Performance. When the orchestra struck up the German National Anthem, many of the German Royal Guests gave the Nazi Salute, which made the other Royal attendees quite visibly uncomfortable. This incident, coupled with Prince Bernhard’s renunciation of his German citizenship, prompted Hitler to cancel the passports of several German Royal and Nobles who were members of the Bridal Party, which led to some last minute changes.

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Crown Princess Juliana of The Netherlands married Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld in a civil ceremony at The Hague Town Hall, followed a religious ceremony at the St. Jacobskerk in The Hague. The couple rode back to the Noordeinde Palace in  State Coach, and waved to the crowds from the steps and the balcony. Royal Guests included Prince George, Duke of Kent, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone and the Earl of Athlone, the Prince and Princess of Lippe, Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia, Grand Duke Friedrich Franz and Grand Duchess Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin among a host of German Royalty and Nobility.

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