In Amsterdam, a glittering array of royalty helped Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard celebrate their silver wedding anniversary—the first week in May, 1962. Six ruling monarchs were there—Elizabeth of Britain, Baubouin of Belgium, Frederik of Denmark, Olav of Norway, the Shah of Iran, and the Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg. Nearly one hundred lesser members of European royalty came. The visitors were greeted at the airport by Crown Princess Beatrix and her three sisters.
After a gala ball in Amsterdam's royal palace, the guests were driven the following day to Europe's largest flower park, the Keukenhof, in Holland's famous flower-bulb area. Tulips and jonquils were in bloom. To accent Holland's maritime tradition, the royal guests sailed on the North Sea in the twenty-thousand-ton world-cruise ship Oranje.
The queen's fifty-third birthday was declared a national holiday. Juliana, princess of Orange-Nassau, and Bernhard, Prince of Lippebiesterfield, were married Januray 7, 1937. The silver wedding celebrations were set for May because of Holland's harsh winter climate.
Former Queen Wilhelmina, age eighty-two, did not join in the festivities, but did watch part of them on T.V.
But greater attention—and holy and worshipful attention—was given by the hosts of heaven when Jesus, whom the world coldly received on a pallet of straw and cruelly thrust out on the point of a spear, was betrayed for five more than twenty-five pieces of silver and died at eight years more than twenty-five.