National Memorial The Dutch VirginBack Koningin Wilhelminaplein, Eede
Tuff stone statue of a female figure carrying a national coat-of-arms and placed on a tuff stone pillar. Additional plaques and a WWII Universal Carrier were added to the memorial in 1984 as an upsized picture of Queen Wilhelmina crossing the Dutch border was in 2010.
- Year of construction
- Architect / Design
- Peter Roovers
On 13 March 1945 Queen Wilhelmina crossed the national border nearby the present memorial, having been in exile for almost five years. The queen chose Eede for crossing the border as the village suffered heavy losses during World War II. For this occasion the borderline was marked with flour. For Queen Wilhelmina this very special moment was one of the most important events in her life.
To commemorate the border crossing of Queen Wilhelmina on 13 March 1945 a memorial was unveiled by Queen Juliana in 1954. In 1984 a plaque to commemorate the Canadian soldiers who died in combat and a plaque commemorating the 40 war victims of the former municipality of Aardenburg were added to the memorial (each attached to a brick stone wall). Also an Universal Carrier, a light armoured tracked vehicle, was placed on the memorial site. Finally on 13 March 2010 an upsized picture of Queen Wilhelmina crossing the Dutch border was erected.