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Queen Wilhelmina places the red, white and blue bouquet she is wearing on the exact spot where four Dutch patriots were executed by the Germans for an attempt to prevent the blasting of a vital lock gate.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 51151

Queen Wilhelmina places the red, white and blue bouquet she is wearing on the exact spot where four Dutch patriots were executed by the Germans for an attempt to prevent the blasting of a vital lock gate.

The ceremony, honoring the heroes of Terneuzen, was entirely impromptu.

Original Caption: "In her first visit to her country after five years of exile, Queen Wilhelmina cisted every town, every village and every hamlet that she could fit into a 10-day tour of liberated areas in Hlooand. The 65-year-old Queen did not spare herself. She saw the vast stretches of inundated countryside, which will remain barren for years to come even after the bombed dikes of The Netherlands are repaired. She saw the depris of towns where fighting took place only a few days before her visit, gave sympathy and solace to men, woman and children who were wounded or bereaved. She met the valiant miners of Hoerlan and Venlo. Wherever she stopped, she talked with the men and women wo fought stubbornly and silently in the Dutch Resistance Movement. It was announced March 23, 1945, that the unofficial, unplanned tour had ended with queen Wilhelmina's return to England. The queen was born in the Hague in 1880 and has reigned on the Dutch throne since 1890. When the Germans invaded Holland in May, 1940, Queen Wilhelmina was forced to flee to England."

Date
March 1945
Photo Designation
LIBERATION -- The Netherlands
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Joseph Eaton
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Record last modified: 2011-02-24 00:00:00
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