Prince Bernhard of Lippe Biesterfeld, the consort of the late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, has died at Utrecht at the age of 93. German by birth, he became a naturalised Dutch citizen and married Princess Juliana in 1937 and served with the free Dutch army during the war.
The only blemish on an otherwise worthy life was the scandal in 1976 surrounding the revelation that he had taken 'bribes' from the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, relating to sales to the Netherlands some years earlier. Queen Juliana, who died earlier this year, abdicated in favour of her daughter, Queen Beatrix, in 1980, having succeeded to the throne in 1948. R.I.P.
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