- Article by Hans Molier
- Published on October 27th, 2012
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.