Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, received an honorary degree from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, for her humanitarian work on an international level. Born in Ottawa after her family took refuge during the Second World War, she was named after the marguerite flower, which was worn as a symbol of resistance to Nazi Germany.
Her Royal Highness returned to the Netherlands in 1945 and has spent her life dedicated to humanitarian work, taking an active interest in health and culture while giving voice to the victims of disasters, diseases and armed conflict.
She was vice president of the Dutch Red Cross, chaired the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, and is a member of the Board of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Currently, she is honorary chair of the Global Health Advisory Board of Maastricht and McMaster Universities.
The Convocation took place in the Great Hall at Hamilton Place on Friday, November 16, 2012. Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet will address graduands in the Faculties of Health Sciences and Science during the afternoon ceremony.