Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

January 18, 2008 10:50 ET

Message From Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Govenor General of Canada, on the 65th Birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2008) -

My husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, our daughter, Marie-Eden, and I join with all Canadians in sending our very best wishes to Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands on the occasion of her 65th birthday.

Canada and the Netherlands have long shared a close relationship, which has been strengthened by Princess Margriet's personal ties to Canada. Since her birth in Ottawa during the Second World War, the Princess has held a special place in the hearts of Canadians.

Her Royal Highness' work on behalf of her country is exemplary and so is her dedication to numerous humanitarian causes.

Every spring, thousands of tulip bulbs sent from the Netherlands blossom throughout the national capital. This special gift commemorates Canada's role in the liberation of the Dutch people, and is symbolic of the personal friendship Canada shares with the Princess and her fellow citizens.

It is a pleasure to extend to Princess Margriet my hope for a wonderful birthday celebration with family and friends.

Michaelle Jean

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