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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Queen Wilhelmina in Frisian costume, 1892

Koningin Wilhelmina in Fries Kostuum, 1892
(Queen Wilhelmina in Frisian Costume, 1892)

reprinted in 1996

Foto: C.B. Broersma

postmarked in 2009 with a Netherlands 95 stamp

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Wilhelmina (Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria; 31 August 1880 – 28 November 1962) was queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1890 to 1948. Her reign saw World War I and World War II, and the economic crisis of 1933. Outside the Netherlands she is primarily remembered for her role in World War II, in which she proved to be a great inspiration to the Dutch resistance.

(She is the grandmother of todays Queen - Beatrix of the Netherlands)

The Frisians are an ethnic group of Germanic people living in coastal parts of The Netherlands and Germany. They are concentrated in the Dutch provinces of Friesland and Groningen and, in Germany, East Frisia and North Frisia. They inhabit an area known as Frisia. They have a reputation for being tall, big-boned and light-haired people and they have a rich history and folklore.

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