Prince Bernhard

Prince Bernhard

Birth
Jena, Stadtkreis Jena, Thüringen, Germany
Death 1 Dec 2004 (aged 93)
Utrecht, Utrecht Municipality, Utrecht, Netherlands
Burial Delft, Delft Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Plot Oranje-Nassau Family Tomb
Memorial ID 10026131 · View Source
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Prince. Father of Queen Beatrix of Holland. Born on June 29, 1911 according to offical records, but commonly said to be June 29, as Count Bernhard Leopold Friedrich Eberhard Julius Kurt Karl Gottfried Peter zu Lippe-Biesterfeld in Jena, Thuringen, Germany, he studied law in Lausanne, Switzerland, Munich and Berlin, Germany. Met Crown Princess Juliana of Holland during while he was a student on vacation in Holland; they married in the Haag in January 1937 and 11 years later she became queen. Demonstrated his decision to join Holland's resistance against the approaching Nazis with his trademark white carnation, fled the Nazis in 1940 with Juliana and lived at first in exile in England directing resistance; returned to Holland as commander in chief of the Netherlands resistance forces fighting with the Allies against Germany. Post WWII he became admiral, general and then inspector general of Holland's armed forces. He was co-founder of the World Wildlife Fund in 1961 and its president from then until 1977. Accused of accepting a bribe from Lockheed in 1976, he susequently resigned his governmental positions and from the World Wildlife Fund.

Bio by: Fred Beisser


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
  • Added: 2 Dec 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10026131
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Prince Bernhard (29 Jun 1911–1 Dec 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10026131, citing Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), Delft, Delft Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands ; Maintained by Find A Grave .