King Willem-Alexander Presents The Military Order of Willem

  August 31, 2018 at 4:00 pm by

Today, Friday, August 31, King Willem-Alexander accompanied by Queen Maxima, handed out the Military Order of Willem to Major-Flyer Roy de Ruiter of the Royal Netherlands Air Force in a ceremony held at the Binnenhof in The Hague. The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the Dutch Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld were present.

Roy de Ruiter was awarded “because of his policy, drive and courage at all times during broadcasts in Afghanistan, with an unconditionally high loyalty to his colleagues on the ground”.

In his speech the King praised De Ruiter saying: “Today we honor your actions in Afghanistan in the years 2007-2009 with the Military Order of Willem. As a fighter pilot and Air Mission Commander, you were tenacious, professional, innovative and fearless. You showed courage, policy and loyalty in an exceptional way”.

After his speech, King Willem-Alexander attached the ribbon with the order on the military uniform of the Major and a slap on the shoulder.

The Military Order of Willem 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.

Filed under The Netherlands.

4 Responses to King Willem-Alexander Presents The Military Order of Willem

  1. Natalya says:


  2. Alexandra Romanov Rodrigues Cuco says:

    de voeding komt rechtstreeks van GOD (…) de leden van de koninklijke familie een dienst van GOD aan de mensen. GOD zegene u en guei, met al zijn kracht

  3. Alexandra Romanov Rodrigues Cuco says:

    GOD is vrede, en dat alle militaire geboden door de koninklijke families afgestemd met de kracht en GOD

  4. SanDiegoCin says:

    Let’s just hope that the muslims in Holland don’t target him for harassment.

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