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Re: Anecdotes from the Dutch Royals' time in Canada during WW2
What a delight to read ! Thank you for posting.
I came across these anecdotes from a book "Inside Government House" by H. Willis-O'Connor & Madge Macbeth.
"When Her Majesty Queen Wilhelmina came to Canada, everyone noticed the difference between her manner and that of her popular daughter. One of the Queen's retinue told me that if anyone spoke to Her Majesty, she would say: "We did not ask you a question". This lady-in-waiting said that smoking was not encouraged. "We do smoke", she admitted, "behind a screen".
One day, when the Princess had come to swim with us in MacKay's Lake at the foot of our garden, a dusty jeep drove up and a dusty chap in an Air Force uniform got out. I strolled over to him and asked what he wanted, thinking he had a message for me. "I'm looking for my wife", he said. "Well, I'm afraid she's not here", I said, "Perhaps you've come to the wrong house." He said. "I don't think so. They said--er--are you Colonel O'Conner?" "Yes, but we have no extra wives here. Just a friend with us swimming." "Maybe it's the friend I'm looking for. Her name is Juliana and I'm her husband, Bernhard."
Princess Beatrix, along with her sister Irene, went to Rockcliffe public school. Beatrix was attracted to a little boy in her class. She made several friendly approaches, but the young lad resisted them with a coldness that puzzled her. Finally, one day she caught up with him on the recreation field and asked "Why won't you play with me?" The little boy answered with the engaging if uncomplicated frankness of childhood.
"My Mummie's awfully particular about the children I play with. I don't know you and maybe my Mummie doesn't know your Mummie. So I'll have to ask her. What's your name besides Beatrix?"