Originally Posted by RoyalistRiley
Is the King of the Netherlands not Head of the Armed Forces vis a vis the Queen of the United Kingdom et al, the King of Spain and the King of Norway? I can't think of any other reason why we never seem to see the Willem-Alexander in uniform anymore.
Article 42 of the Constitution:
The Government comprises of the King and the ministers.
Article 97 of the Constitution:
The Government has the supreme authority over the armed forces.
In contrary to many of his colleagues, the King is an integral part of Government (art 42). The same Government which holds the supreme authority over the armed forces (art 97). In Dutch eyes it is not possible to be a member of Government ánd to be in the armed forces which is subjected to that Government.
Any Dutch military whom wants to become a member of Government has to lay down all military commissions. That does however not mean that these retired military do not have the right to wear an uniform. The King can wear an uniform if he likes but he clearly makes a difference in events with a military character or a civil event (like Prinsjesdag
Here King Willem-Alexander wears a naval uniform: the golden galon stripes indicate the rank of an admiral, the royal insignia (an orb crossed with a sceptre and the sword-of-state) shows it is His Majesty The King. See picture