Dutch Princess Juliana holds Princess Margriet in March 1943 in Ottawa, flanked by her daughters Princess Irene, left, Princess Beatrix, and her husband, Prince Bernhard
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January 19, 1943: The only Royal baby ever born in North America

In recognition of helping the Dutch in the Second World War, and for give safe haven to the Royal Family, the Netherlands sends thousands of tulip bulbs to Ottawa every year, for what has become known as the tulip festival in the national capital. © Sean Kilpatrick- Canadian Press

It was the height of the Second World War, things were still not going well for the Allies, when a breif bit of good news came in the midst of darkness

The German forces had already rolled over much of Europe, smashing resistance before them, including the brave but futile defence of Holland.

The Dutch Crown Princess Juliana and her two daughters had fled the German invasion and arrived in Canada in June 1940.

On January 9, 1943, Dutch Princess Margriet was born at the Ottawa Civic Hospital

Crown Prince Bernhard came from London where he was serving with the Royal Air Force, to be present for the birth.

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands -who has made several trips to Canada, is presented with a bouquet of tulips by Canadian veteran Tom Rappel as she arrives at the Perley Veterans Health Centre in Ottawa on May 12, 2010. © Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

The Canadian government had declared the room at the hospital to be “extra-territorial” allowing it to be Dutch so baby Margriet would have full Dutch citizenship.

The Royal Family returned to Holland shortly after the war ended.

The Dutch Embassy says there are about one million Canadians of Dutch origin in Canada

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