My meeting with Prince Bernhard

Prince Bernhard draws my scrapbookPrince Bernhard

Saturday 29 november 1980

To 5 minutes past eleven in the morning I left home on his way to the Town of Driebergen. I saw that the red carpet was explained. On Main Street was very busy, everywhere was police and plainclothes detectives.
When I went up the steps, there was a gentleman waiting on the guests. Our mayor, Mr. Jongeneel, I had to say that I first had to go to the mayor Room. That gentleman said as equal: ….so you are Yvonne.

The mayor, I had to bring my scrapbooks and place in the room. There were more people in the mayor Chamber that would be presented to the Prince, nl: of burgermeestersvrouw, executive of the municipality, Mrs Van Bijnen and her son Arnold (next of kin “Frank” J.A. of Bijnen), Mr. and Mrs. Esmeijer The Long Esmeijer (brother and sister “Paul”S. Esmeijer) and the Foundation board LO LKP (Rural hiding and Rural goons)

After the arrival of the Prince, we were greeted and presented and we went into the council chamber to attend the official part with several speeches. After the speeches, the buses arrived to drive to take us to the General Cemetery. Suddenly I was called to come to the Mayor House. On entering I saw that Prince Bernhard wrote something in my plaboeken. Then he told me that I had to be very careful on this book. Furthermore, there was much talk with the family and the other attendees. And when we went to the General Cemetery for the unveiling of the monument to Paul and Frank.

Afterwards we went back to the Town, where we got another drink. My father and mother came to pick me and the mayor walked MeTM ij go outside to shake their hands. He told them that the Prince had written in my plaboek.

"I'm glad you have so many special interest and understanding of the work of these great men" Bernhard

"I'm glad you have so many special interest and understanding of the work of these great men"
Bernhard