Following the Nazi occupation of her country, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands accepted an invitation to come to Canada in 1940. And on January 19, 1943, she gave birth to seven-pound, 12-ounce Princess Margriet at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. To ensure the newborn princess would hold exclusively Dutch nationality, the Canadian government temporarily declared the room where she was born extraterritorial — outside Canadian jurisdiction.

Watch her message to the Ottawa Hospital and her heartfelt thank you to the Canadian troops for their role in the liberation of the Netherlands.

Watch the Princess Margriet Video and read the full story from the Ottawa Hospital

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