Bernhard Leopold Friedrich Eberhard Julius Kurt Karl Gottfried

Born: Jun 29, 1911 AD
Died: 2004 AD, at 93 years of age.

Nationality: Dutch
Categories: Prince

1911 - He was born on the 29th of June in Jena, Germany.

1916 - Prince of Lippe, Leopold IV, gave Bernhard the title of "Prince of Lippe-Biesterfeld".

         - He received his early education at home.

1923 - He was sent to board at the gymnasium in Züllichau.

1929 - He graduated from gymnasium in Berlin.

         - He studied law at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and in Berlin.

1935 - He became Secretary to the Board of Directors at the Paris office.

1938 - He suffered a broken neck and crushed ribs in a car crash.

1940 - Prince Bernhard flew over occupied Europe in a B-24 bomber attacking V-1 launch pads.

1941 - He was given the honorary rank of wing commander in the Royal Air Force.

         - He was trained as a pilot.

1942 - Bernhard flew as a pilot with the Royal Air Force.

1944 - He became commander of the Dutch armed forces.

         - After the war, he became Inspector General.

1961-1967 - He beacame President of World Wildlife Fund.

1976 - On 26th of August a devastating, report on Prince Bernhard's activities was released to a shockedDutch public.

         - He resigned as Inspector-General of the Dutch armed forces.

1988 - He and Princess Juliana sold two paintings for the World Wildlife Fund.

1989 - Charles de Haes, director-general of the WWF, transferred GBP500 000 back to Bernhard.

1991 - Prince Bernhard had hired mercenaries mostly British to fight against poachers in nature reserves.

2002 - He made controversy when he paid the fines of two Albert Heijn supermarket staff members.

2004 - Prince Bernhard died of cancer at Utrecht hospital on the 1st December.

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