Crown-Prince celebrates 25-years of service

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Crown-Prince Willem-Alexander celebrated 25-years of military service today.

At a ceremony in The Hague, Defence Minister Hans Hillen presented the prince with new numbers on his ‘Jenever Cross’.

The award is for long-service as an officer in the Dutch armed forces and is also known as the Officer’s Cross and occasionally in English as the ‘Gin Cross’.

The award was inaugurated by King Willem II in 1844 and is still presented on the anniversary of the king’s birth, 6 December.

Traditionally, the medal presentation is followed by a toast with a glass of jenever or Dutch gin. Serving officers holding the award are presented with a new number every five years; Prince Willem-Alexander can now add a bar with XXV on it to his medal.


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