On Tuesday, 13 March 1945, Queen Wilhelmina returns to the Netherlands after a five-year absence. At the border village of Eede is, a bag of flour has been strewn to mark the border, as there is no paint or whitewash to be had. The stripe formed by the flour represents the Belgian-Dutch border. At first, no-one notices she has entered the Netherlands. Realising this, she returns and crosses the stripe of flour once more, with majestic dignity, to emphasise her return.
The most famous photograph of this event was taken by Willem van de Poll. The front page of the 'Knickerbocker Weekly', a Dutch-American magazine, contains the only copy of the photograph in which the stripe of flour has not been 'tidied up' in the darkroom. Later prints show the messily strewn flour changed into a nice straight line.
- Queen Wilhelmina arrives in Eede (Video file)