King Willem-Alexander Presents The Military Order Of William

  March 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm by

Today, Tuesday March 15, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Maxima, handed out the Military Order of William to the special forces Commando Corps (KCT) in a ceremony held in the courtyard of the Parliament Building in The Hague. The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the Dutch Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert were present.

The Commando Corps (KCT) was rewarded for the extraordinary service during the missions in Afghanistan between March 2005 and September 2010. In his speech the King praised the work done by the Commando Corps during the missions, saying that they accomplished their duty in a complex situation like the one in Afghanistan. After the speech, King Willem-Alexander attached the ribbon with the order to the flag of the Commando Corps (KCT).

The Military Order of William is the oldest and highest honour of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and it is awarded to soldiers, civilians or units that have distinguished themselves in battle by outstanding deeds of bravery, skill and loyalty. The chivalric order was established on 30 April 1815 by King William I and the first order was awarded to the Hereditary Prince William Frederick of Orange-Nassau for his actions during the Campaign of 1815 against Napoleon.

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