"... Thank you Marianne for posting such wonderful photos of this lovely couple.
One question, why did they have such a long engagement period, almost 2 years? "
You're very welcome Elaine
I think you'll find the answer in the fact that Crown Princes Beatrix got engaged to Claus (June 1965) and was the first of these two couples to be married (March 1966).
As you know, neither Beatrix nor her father Prince Bernhard were overly pleased with Margriet's choice of a fellow Dutchman / a commoner and it was only due to Queen Juliana's warm & motherly support that Margriet & Pieter were allowed to get engaged / married eventually !!!
Over the years Beatrix' and Bernhard's rather snobbish attitude has been proved totally wrong and had it not been for Princess Margriet marrying a fellow country-man and living in the Netherlands (instead of moving abroad!) the later Queen Beatrix might have found herself without any additional help during the years her Consort, Prince Claus was very ill and a helping hand was desperately needed in dealing with all royal events/duties !!
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