Order for Loyalty and Merit
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|Order for Loyalty and Merit
Orde van Trouw en Verdienste
|The Knight's Cross of the Order of the House of Orange|
|Awarded by Queen of the Netherlands|
|Awarded for||Those persons who have loyally and faithfully, and with merit and character assisted the Head of State or the members of the Royal House during their obligations and their daily work.|
|Sovereign||His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands|
|Grades (w/ post-nominals)||Cross for Loyalty and Merit in gold and silver|
|Established||30 November 1969|
|Next (higher)||Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau|
|Next (lower)||Honorable Mention,
|Same||Order of the House of Orange,
Order of the Crown
|Ribbon bar of the Order for Loyalty and Merit|
The Order for Loyalty and Merit (Dutch: Orde van Trouw en Verdienste) is a house order of the Dutch Royal House of Orange-Nassau. The Order came into being as a result of Queen Juliana's reorganization of The House Order of Orange (Huisorde van Oranje) in 1969.
The Order for Loyalty and Merit is conferred "upon those persons who have loyally and faithfully, and with merit and character assisted the Head of State or the members of the Royal House during their obligations and their daily work."
The order has two grades:
- Cross for Loyalty and Merit in Gold;
- Cross for Loyalty and Merit in Silver.
The cross in gold or silver is worn on a ribbon on the left chest. The decorations are awarded after 25 and 40 years of service. The monarch is lenient as far as the number of years in her service are concerned. Hardly anyone manages to work until his or her 65th birthday. Many servants of the Queen receive their Cross of merit for Loyalty and Merit in Gold after 35 years in the Royal Household.
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