Prince Bernhard 1911 - 2004
In the evening of December 1st, 2004, Bernhard, Prince of the Netherlands, Prince of Lippe-Biesterfeld, passed away at the age of 93. Prince Bernhard married on January 7th, 1937, to Princess Juliana, later Queen of The Netherlands. During the Second World War Prince Bernhard rendered outstanding service to the Dutch case. After being transferred to England on May 12th,1940, he began to organize the Dutch refugees, who already escaped . He made sure that a Dutch RAF unit was established in 1942 and it was also the cradle of the "Regiment Stoottroepen" (a commando force). He was also closely involved in the "Princess Irene Brigade" and he was present at the surrender negotiations with the Germans, in the rank of commander of the Dutch armed and resistance forces.
During and after the war, Prince Bernhard got numerous awards for his achievements. On November 11th, 2004, the RVD announced that Bernhard was terminally ill. On November 29th, 2004, the statement was added, that the cancer already had spread to his intestines. In the evening of December 1st, the Prince was taken to the hospital, because his complaints could not be treated at the palace anymore. He died that night in the University Medical Centre in Utrecht.