Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria
1880 - Wilhelmina or Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria born on the 31st of August in The Hague, Netherlands. The daughter of King William III and his second wife, Emma of Waldeck-Pyrmont, Wilhelmina became queen on her father's death under her mother's regency.
1890 - 1948 - Queen of The Netherlands, who, through her radio broadcasts from London during World War II, made herself the symbol of Dutch resistance to German occupation.
1898 - She was inaugurated on the 6th of September, at Amsterdam's Nieuwe Kerk and soon gained widespread popular approval.
1901 - On the 7th of February, she married Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
1909 - Gave birth to a daughter, Princess Juliana, on the 30th of April.
1940 - When Germany invaded The Netherlands on the 10th of May, She issued a proclamation to her nation of “flaming protest” and a few days later left for England with her family and members of the Cabinet.
1945 - Throughout the war, she exhorted her people over Radio Orange to maintain their spirit until the nation's liberation, and she was welcomed back with enthusiasm when the German occupation was ended.
1948 - Abdicating the throne to Juliana on the 4th of September, because of poor health.
1962 - Died on the 28th of November in Het Loo, near Apeldoorn.
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