|This is Queen Juliana on her wedding day to Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld in 1937.|
|Like all queens, Juliana rode her bike from castle to castle.|
|The queen, the prince and their four daughters, (oldest to youngest) Beatrix, Irene, Margriet (my age) and Marijka|
|Queen Juliana swinging with one of her daughters before biking home.|
What I learned from Wikipedia this weekend was that Juliana was not queen until September, 1948. Our family left the Netherlands the end of April, 1948.
WIKIPEDIA MUST BE WRONG, I thought. This echoes what my father used to say to me when I brought him a fact from the World Book Encyclopedia that opposed his world view: "The encyclopedia is wrong."
My father could be a real prat sometimes.
I am just like him.
The queen's mother, Wilhelmina, was still the queen when I was born. How could this be? Did my parents know? Why didn't they tell me?
Oma used to send newspapers from Holland, which I certainly must have looked through, and by then, Juliana WAS the queen.
I have looked up the Dutch royal family before. How could I have missed this? I'm 72 years old. I thought Juliana was my queen.
There's a crack in the universe.