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List of Stadtholders For the Low Countries Provinces
Each province elected their own Stadtholder. During the Eighty Years' War, some areas had two stadholders: those nominated by the Habsburgs, and those elected by the individual provinces of the Dutch Republic.
The stadtholdership of Holland and Zealand has always been combined. Since the office was instituted there in 1528, the stadtholder of Utrecht has been the same as the one of Holland, with one exception. In 1572, William of Orange was elected as the stadtholder, although Philip II had appointed a different one.
During the First Stadtholderless Period, the provinces of Holland, Zealand and Utrecht were governed by their States free from autocratic intervention. The Second Stadtholderless Period in Holland ended when the Frisian stadtholder became hereditary stadtholder for all provinces of the Dutch Republic.