Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix, Crown Princess of the Netherlands, celebrated her 21st birthday on Saturday, 31st January.
Sentries in front of the Royal Palace, Soestdijk.
Arrival of the four small polio patients.
The 21st birthday cake is brought in.
The cake is presented to the Princess.
9-year-old Joke Okkerman lights the candles, with the Princess.
The Princess cuts the cake.
Library shots of the Princess when she was a child.
The Princess and the children taste the cake.
Close-up of the Princess.
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Background: Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix, Crown Princess of the Netherlands, celebrated her 21st birthday on Saturday, 31st January. The towns and villages of Holland were gay with the national flag flying from public buildings, offices and factories and private homes, usually with the orange streamer of the House of Orange flying above the ensign.
In the afternoon, at the Royal Palace at Soestdijk, the home, in beautiful wooded country, of the Royal family, four small polio patients presented a birthday cake, complete with candles, to Princess Beatrix. They represented the Princess Beatrix Polio Fund, of which she is Patron. After one of them -- 9-year-old Joke Okkerman -- had lighted the candles with the Princess, they all tasted the cake with her.