April 14, 2009
Here are some aerial shots of Dutch tulip fields that I found at The Style Files.
In 1945 the Dutch Royal Family expressed their gratitude to Canada for sheltering Princess Juliana during World War II by sending 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa.
During the Dutch Royal Family's time in Canada, Princess Juliana gave birth to Princess Margriet in an Ottawa Hospital. The hospital's maternity ward was officially declared to be part of international territory, at least temporarily, so that the baby would inherit only her mother's Dutch citizenship. In 1946, Princess Juliana sent another 20,500 bulbs requesting that a display be created for the hospital, and promised to send 10,000 more bulbs each year.