Order of the Crown (Netherlands)

Order of the Crown
Cross of honour of the Order of the Crown
Awarded by King of the Netherlands
Type House Order
Eligibility Foreigners
Awarded for Special service to the Dutch Sovereign or Royal House
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
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 for Loyalty and Merit
Ribbon bar of the Order of the Crown
Sash with badge and star of the grade Grand Cross

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".[1] The former queen, Beatrix, has instituted a silver medal to commemorate state visits.

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.

Diana, Princess of Wales received the Grand-cross order of the Order of the Crown, whereas Charles, Prince of Wales has also been given the (higher ranking) Grand-Cross of the Order of Oranje-Nassau.

List of current members Grand Cross

By decree of King Willem-Alexander


  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.


  1. Article 13 of the statute.
  2. "Blauw Bloed". 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  3. Hola

External links

Ari Behn in 2013, wearing the badge of the Order on a necklet (his accompanying Star is not shown).
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