The West German village of Hitzacker -- where the husband of the new Dutch Queen was born -- has been celebrating the investiture of Queen Beatrix.
GV ZOOM Hitzacker village in West Germany
SV ZOOM PAN Street with flags
GV PAN TO House of Claus von Amsberg's mother
House where Claus von Amsberg was born
Stork nesting beside church steeple
SV & SCU Village youth band (3 shots)
Street scenes, balloons at village festival (2 shots)
SCU Cards being prepared and fixed to balloons (4 shots)
Balloons being released (2 shots)
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Background: The West German village of Hitzacker -- where the husband of the new Dutch Queen was born -- has been celebrating the investiture of Queen Beatrix. Claus vou Amsberg, whose marriage to princess Beatrix in 1966 caused controversy in the Netherlands, still has close ties with Hitzacker.
SYNOPSIS: The small, picturesque village likes in north-west Germany. It has changed little since Prince Claus was born there fifty-five years ago.But the peaceful town suddenly came to life on Wednesday (30 April), when Hitzacker, adorned in flags, celebrated the investiture in Amsterdam.
The mother of Prince Claus still lives in Hitzacker -- in a small, but new house. It contrasts with the stately home where her son -- a former diplomat -- was born.
The Hitzacker youth band were proud of their village's famous son, but Prince Claus's German background caused controversy in Holland when he was first married. The Dutch had not forgotten the war years.
But there is little animosity on either side now. And the villagers of Hitzacker attached reward cards, marketing the investiture, to balloons. These were then released -- hoping to tell the world that one of their own is Prince Claus, the husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.