House orders are awarded by the discretion of the monarch. Over the centuries, hundreds of orders of knighthood have been instituted by successive governments of the Netherlands.

A medal called the Doggerbank Medaille was instituted in 1781.  The medal was awarded to officers who took part in the Battle of Dogger Bank against the British fleet.  This was the first Dutch decoration.

The first King of the Netherlands, William 1st founded the Military Order of William and a civilian order, the Order of the Netherlands Lion.

His successors founded several orders of merit, stars and crosses.  The Netherlands never established colonial order for the Dutch East Indies.

Item No:  40-027

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