PM announces Governor General to attend investiture of Willem-Alexander as King of the Netherlands
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will travel to the Netherlands to attend the investiture of Willem-Alexander in Amsterdam on April 30, 2013. Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange and eldest son of Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus, will ascend to the throne as King of the Netherlands following the abdication of Queen Beatrix. The heir apparent will be the first King of the Netherlands since 1890.
Canada and the Netherlands enjoy excellent relations based on a long-standing history of cooperation and deep and significant people to people ties, with over one million people living in Canada with Dutch ancestry. Notably, Canada was home to the Dutch royal family in exile during the German occupation of the Netherlands in the Second World War. During that time, Queen Beatrix’s sister Princess Margriet was born in Ottawa, which at the time was temporarily designed as Dutch land. Furthermore, the First Canadian Army played the leading role in the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945. As a symbol of gratitude and the ongoing friendship between the two countries, the Netherlands sends 10,000 tulips every year to Ottawa.
His Excellency will take this opportunity to further affirm this strong bilateral relationship.