The Netherlands Bred A Special Tulip To Look Like The Canadian Flag
A gift for the country's 150th anniversary.
This morning, I came across a post about a flower. But this wasn't just any flower, this was a tulip bred by The Netherlands as a special gift to Canada.
The flower was actually created to look like the Canadian flag, and it is the official flower of Canada's 150th anniversary,.
So why did the Dutch send us such a cool gift?
Canada and the Netherlands have a very special relationship ever since World War II.
It was the Canadian forces who led the liberation of the Netherlands, and we even provided sanctuary for the Dutch Royal Family when their country was under Nazi occupation.
During their time here, Princess Juliana gave birth to her daughter, Princess Margriet in an Ottawa hospital. As a favor, the hospital was temporarily declared as an international territory, which means the Princess would inherit Dutch citizenship from her mother.
To show their gratitude, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada. The year after that, they sent another 20,000 and promised to send another 10,000 every year.
Since 1953, Canada has been hosting the largest tulip festival in the world to commemorate the event.