A small but influential group of Europeans—scientists, naturalists, business and political leaders—rose to the occasion: on September 11,
1961 World Wildlife Fund was formed and soon set up shop at IUCN’s headquarters in Morges, Switzerland. H.R.H. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands became the organization’s first president.
H.R.H. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands was implicated in the mid-70's Lockheed bribery scandal.