Volunteers in clean sweep of royal awards
29 April 2005 , AMSTERDAM — Volunteer workers are prominent among the 3,278 people decorated on the eve of Queen's Day for their contribution to Dutch society.
29 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — Volunteer workers are prominent among the 3,278 people decorated on the eve of Queen's Day for their contribution to Dutch society.
An extra 133 people were honoured this year compared with 2004. A royal decoration was awarded to 946 women this year, 89 more than in 2004.
In the more exclusive, personal Order of the Orange Lion, just 17 people were recognised and 3,261 were elevated to the Order of Orange-Nassau, the name of the royal family. Forty-eight people were decorated in the Netherlands Antilles.
Primarily people who were involved in volunteer work were decorated this year: 3,165 people, 470 more than last year.
The Chapter for the Civil Orders attributed the rise to greater awareness of the possibilities of being decorated for volunteer work. Regulations were changed 10 years ago.
The decorations were presented to people ranging from authors to television producers and from chefs to sporting heroes to the first commandant of Dutch peacekeeping forces in Iraq.
Every Queen's Day, people who have made exceptional contribution to Dutch society are rewarded for their efforts. The decoration is considered highly prestigious.
There were 3,747 nominations this year, almost the same as last year. A total of 469 nominations were rejected.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news