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May 10, 2010
Governor General to Welcome
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands at Rideau Hall
OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond will welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Her Royal Highness and Professor van Vollenhoven will be visiting Canada from May 10 to 16.
On the occasion of her visit, Her Royal Highness will present the new “Michaëlle Jean” tulip to the Governor General in the presence of His Excellency Wim Geerts, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canada, dignitaries and members of the Dutch diaspora in Ottawa. The tulip is a gift from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canada.
About the Michaëlle Jean Tulip
This distinctive tulip with deep maroon petals is a new cultivar of the “Triumph” class. It will be officially registered under the name Michaëlle Jean with the Royal General Bulb Grower’s Association.
About Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
Princess Margriet was born in Ottawa, Canada, on January 19, 1943. The Princess is the third daughter of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard. She has three sisters: Queen Beatrix, Princess Irene and Princess Christina. The family had been living in Ottawa since June 1940, following the German occupation of the Netherlands. For more information, please visit the Dutch Royal House Web site at www.koninklijkhuis.nl/english.
Accredited media are asked to confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office and to arrive
no later than 11:10 a.m. the day of the event.
Public Diplomacy, Press and Culture
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
613-237-5031 ext. 226