Order of the Crown (Netherlands)
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Order of the Crown Netherlands
Order of the Crown
Kroonorde Nederland ridderkruis.jpg
Cross of honour of the Order of the Crown
Awarded by Royal Standard of the Netherlands.svg King of the Netherlands
TypeHouse Order
Established30 November 1969
Awarded forSpecial service to the Dutch Sovereign or Royal House
StatusCurrently constituted
Grand MasterKing Willem-Alexander
ChancellorJaap Leeuwenburg[1]
GradesCross for Loyalty and Merit in gold and silver
Next (higher)Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau
Next (lower)Honorable Mention,
Bronze Lion
EquivalentOrder of the House of Orange,
Order for Loyalty and Merit
Order of the Crown (Netherlands).svg
Ribbon bar of the Order of the Crown
Sash with badge and star of the grade Grand Cross
The late Ari Behn in 2013, wearing the badge of the Order on a necklet (his accompanying Star is not shown).

The Order of the Crown (Dutch: Kroonorde) is a house order of the Dutch Royal House. The order came into being as a result of Queen Juliana's reorganization of the Order of the House of Orange (Huisorde van Oranje) in 1969. The 18 classes of the house order were no longer felt to be appropriate in the ever more egalitarian Dutch society of the 1960s. The Order was divided into five subdivisions. As a house order it is not subject to ministerial responsibility or influence, but is awarded at the discretion of the Dutch monarch alone.

The Order of the Crown is intended for "foreigners who have rendered special service to the Dutch King or his House".[2] The former queen, Beatrix, instituted a silver medal to commemorate state visits.

Grades and insignia

The Order of the Crown has the traditional five grades and three medals. This allows the Dutch monarch to dispense the decorations according to rank especially during state visits. The following five grades and medals with insignia:

  1. Grand Cross (Grootkruis) - badge may be worn on a sash on the right shoulder, plus a 4-pointed star on the left chest;
  2. Grand Honorary Cross with Star (Groot erekruis met Plaque) - wears the badge on a necklet, plus a 4-pointed star on the left chest;
  3. Grand Honorary Cross (Groot erekruis) - wears the badge on a necklet;
  4. Honorary Cross with Rosette (Erekruis met Rozette) - wears the badge on a ribbon with a rosette on the left chest;
  5. Honorary Cross (Erekruis) - wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest;
  6. Medals in Gold, Silver and Bronze (Medaille in goud, zilver en brons) - wears the medal on a ribbon on the left chest.
Ribbon bars of the Order of Orange-Nassau - until 1996
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Grand Cross
NED Kroonorde A2 BAR.png
Grand Honorary Cross with Star
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Grand Honorary Cross
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Honorary Cross with Rosette
NED Kroonorde A5 BAR.png
Honorary Cross
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Gold medal
NED Kroonorde B2 BAR.png
Silver medal
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Bronze medal

List of current members Grand Cross

By decree of King Willem-Alexander


  1. ^ Koning benoemt nieuwe Kanselier der Huisorden - website of the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf
  2. ^ Article 13 of the statute.
  3. ^ Alamy
  4. ^ Alamy
  5. ^ "Blauw Bloed". 2014-10-16. Archived from the original on 2014-10-20. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Hola

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