Monday, March 30, 2009

Wilhelmina and family to visit Coburg

March 30, 1929

It was announced today that Queen Wilhelmina, who will be accompanied by her husband, the Prince Consort, and their 19-year-old daughter, Princess Juliana, will be visiting Coburg as the guests of the former reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The Dutch royal family will be staying at the Veste Coburg. Juliana is expected to meet the Duke's eldest son, Prince Johann Leopold, 23, who is "mentioned as a possible Prince Consort for Holland's future queen."
The Dutch royal family will also be visiting the United Kingdom and Norway, but Prince Johann Leopold "is said to have the best chance" of marrying Juliana. The Prince is studying at the forestry academy in Münden, near Hanover.
Crown Princess Juliana and Prince Johann Leopold are second cousins, as Wilhelmina and the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha are first cousins. Their mothers, Queen Emma, and the Duchess of Albany were sisters.

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