She ascended the throne in 1948 and reigned for 32 years. She had a personal relationship with the Roosevelts, which was established during World War II. In 1980 she abdicated in favor of her daughter Beatrix. Her reign as Queen of The Netherlands reflected her commitment to the democratic values represented by the Four Freedoms. President Roosevelt's personal friendship and admiration for Princess Juliana and her family add a special dimension to this award.