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The Royal Gift of Tulips in 2020

Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet presented a gift of ‘Liberation75’ tulip bulbs to Canadian Veteran Mr. Don White at Paleis Het Loo. This gift symbolizes the 100,000 tulip bulbs that the Netherlands presents to Canada in 2020,  to commemorate and celebrate that its 75 years since the liberation of the Netherlands.

The tulip bulbs will be planted at 1,100 schools across the country, and will be accompanied by an education guide to explain the shared history between both countries, including the role Canada played in liberating the Netherlands. A total of 1.1 million “Liberation75” tulip bulbs will be planted across Canada, in honour of the 1.1 million Canadians who took part in the Second World War effort.

Dutch Princess Juliana also presented 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada in 1945 to express her nation’s gratitude to Canada for providing a safe haven for her family during the Second World War. It was during this time that Princess Margriet was born in Ottawa in 1943. The tulip has become the symbol of friendship between the Netherlands and Canada.