Dutch King will retain close relationship with armed forces

Dutch King will retain close relationship with armed forces

When he takes to the throne on 30 April, the Prince of Orange will relinquish his active military status. He will be the first king since 1849 who has served in the military, and as such he will continue to demonstrate his pride in the Defence organisation, in words, actions and ceremony.

The Prince of Orange is currently a Commodore in the Royal Netherlands Navy and holds equivalent ranks in the other Services. Once he becomes head of state, however, he will no longer be allowed to hold an active military position. At his request, he will be honourably discharged before his investiture as King of the Netherlands.

Because of his close relationship with the armed forces, the King will continue to wear his uniform at special ceremonial occasions. The rank insignia will be replaced by a Royal Insignia.

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