Order for Loyalty and Merit

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Order for Loyalty and Merit
Orde van Trouw en Verdienste
Orde van Trouw en Verdienste Huisorde.jpg
The Knight's Cross of the Order of the House of Orange
Awarded by Royal Standard of the Netherlands.svg Queen of the Netherlands
Type House Order
Motto JE MAINTIENDRAI
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.
Status Currently constituted
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
Precedence
Next (higher) Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau
Next (lower) Honorable Mention,
Bronze Lion
Same Order of the House of Orange,
Order of the Crown
Ribbon bar Order of the House of Orange.jpg
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:

  1. Cross for Loyalty and Merit in Gold;
  2. 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.