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Public and Political: General: Visits and invitations: the Netherlands (May 1946): arrangements and official papers., 19 Nov 1945 - 19 Jun 1946

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/234A-B

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Correspondents on WSC's visit include: Sir Neville Bland, British Ambassador to the Netherlands (7); [Edgar] Michiels van Verduynen, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Britain, on arrangements for the visit and the award of an honorary doctorate to WSC from the University of Leyden (4); 13th Lord Reay [earlier Aeneas Mackay], Foreign Office (4); A P C van Karnebeek, First Secretary, Embassy of the Netherlands (4); J W Meijer Ranneft, former Chairman, People's Council in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) on the dangers of nationalism and a Japanese-backed republic in the Dutch East Indies [Indonesia] (8); Princess Juliana of the Netherlands [later Queen Juliana of the Netherlands]; "C" [1st Lord Cherwell, earlier F A Lindemann]; Merrick Denton-Thompson, British Consul-General, Amsterdam (3); Paul Grey, British Embassy, the Hague. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence by CSC and Elizabeth Gilliatt, Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford] and "N S" [Jo Sturdee, later Lady Onslow], WSC's secretaries.Also includes: programme, guest lists and travel arrangements for the visit; drafts and notes by the British Embassy for WSC's speeches, including ["The United States of Europe", the Hague, 9 May 1946 and "Let Freedom Reign", University of Leyden, 10 May] and speeches at Rotterdam and Amsterdam; notes on the political, social, economic and military situation in the Netherlands; issue of the British Embassy News Bulletin; extracts from the British press on the Netherlands; notes on the escape of British and Dutch prisoners of war from Tittmoning [Germany]; documents on WSC receiving the Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion; copy of a despatch by Sir Nevile Bland on the visit; invoices for WSC's gifts to his Dutch aides; texts of speeches made for the ceremony of WSC receiving his honorary doctorate.


  • Creation: 19 Nov 1945 - 19 Jun 1946

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