Order of the Crown (Netherlands)
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|Order of the Crown
|Cross of honour of the Order of the Crown|
|Awarded by King of the Netherlands|
|Awarded for||Special service to the Dutch Sovereign or Royal House|
|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 for Loyalty and Merit
|Ribbon bar of the Order of the Crown|
The Order of the Crown (Dutch: Kroonorde) 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 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". The former queen, Beatrix, has instituted a silver medal to commemorate state visits.
The Order of the Crown has five grades and three medals. This allows the Dutch monarch to dispense the decorations according to rank especially during state visits.
Diana, Princess of Wales received the Grand-cross order of the Order of the Crown, whereas Charles, Prince of Wales had already had been given the Grand-Cross of the Order of Oranje-Nassau. Queen Letizia is the most recent recipient of the Order.
List of current members Grand Cross
- Charles, Prince of Wales (1972)
- King Harald V of Norway (1986)
- Queen Sonja of Norway (1986)
- Princess Astrid of Norway, Mrs. Ferner (1986)
- Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan (1991)
- Princess Astrid of Norway (1996)
- Princess Martha Louise of Norway (1996)
- Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand (2003)
- Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (2006)
- Princess Claire of Belgium (2006)
- Prince Laurent of Belgium (2006)
- Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (2006)
- Eva Köhler (2007)
- Alma Adamkienė (2008)
- Hayrünnisa Gül (2012)
By decree of King Willem-Alexander
- Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince of Brunei (2013)
- Pengiran Anak Sarah, Crown Princess of Brunei (2013)
- Queen Letizia of Spain (2014)
- Masako, Crown Princess of Japan (2014)
- Princess Kiko, 2014
- Prince Akishino, 2014
- Princess Benedikte of Denmark, 2015
- Prince Richard of Berleburg, 2015
- Prince Joachim of Denmark, 2015
- Princess Marie of Denmark, 2015
- Grand Cross (Grootkruis) - badge may be worn on a sash on the right shoulder, plus a 4-pointed star on the left chest;
- Grand Honorary Cross with Star (Groot erekruis met Plaque) - wears the badge on a necklet, plus a 4-pointed star on the left chest;
- Grand Honorary Cross (Groot erekruis) - wears the badge on a necklet;
- Honorary Cross with Rosette (Erekruis met Rozette) - wears the badge on a ribbon with a rosette on the left chest;
- Honorary Cross (Erekruis) - wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest;
- Medals in Gold, Silver and Bronze (Medaille in goud, zilver en brons) - wears the medal on a ribbon on the left chest.
- Article 13 of the statute.
- [* http://www.eo.nl/tv/blauwbloed/artikel-detail/een-verrassing-voor-koningin-letizia/ "Blauw Bloed"]. 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2014-10-16.