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November 30, 2010 / jmeuropeana

some very early childhood memories: opening Beneluxtunnel

One of the first vivid memories I have from my childhood in Pernis near Rotterdam is the day when the new Benelux-tunnel was opened by Queen Juliana on the 3rd of June 1967. I remember waiting for her arrival, and being slightly disappointed as she did not arrive in a carriage, but in a blue-and-grey coach. Nor did I get to see her very well, just a waving hand behind the coach window.
Another thing that made that day special was that pedestrians were allowed to walk through the tunnel. Some pictures of the crowds that took advantage of that opportunity can be found in Europeana.
I have looked at the high-res pictures, but so far haven’t identified my family: mom, dad, and three boys aged 9, 6 and 4 (me) at the time, the two younger ones probably dressed in the same outfit. If you spot such a family, please let me know 🙂
Kijkdag Beneluxtunnel tussen Pernis en Vlaardingen Kijkdag Beneluxtunnel tussen Pernis en Vlaardingen, de wandelaars op weg Kijkdag Beneluxtunnel tussen Pernis en Vlaardingen, de wandelaars op weg

More pictures, also of the building of the tunnel, can be found here.

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  1. Anne Marie van Gerwen / Nov 30 2010 15:41

    It is good to be reminded that there were days that those tunnels weren’t even there. And I agree with you that queens should make sure to look like real queens, especially when there are children around – if they take away this magic, it’s their own fault that the young generation grows up to be replublicans.

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