Saturday, May 28, 2011

Princess Irene's first official engagement

Princess Irene of the Netherlands carried out her first official engagement at the age of ten.   She accompanied her father, Prince Bernhard, to London in July 1950, where she laid the foundation storne for a new Dutch church at Austin Friars in the City of London.  The ceremony took place on July 23, 1950.  The new church replaced one destroyed during the second World War.

This postcard shows Princess Irene walking with Sir Frederick Rowland, Lord Mayor of London,  and Prince Bernhard was accompanied Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, a first cousin of Queen Wilhelmina.

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