Flag of the Netherlands
The first reference to the Dutch flag dates from 1572. At that time it was known as the ‘Prince’s flag’ and the colours were orange, white and blue: orange for the principality of Orange, and white and blue from the principality’s livery. During the 17th century the orange colour was gradually replaced by red.
Special flag instructions
Special flag instructions may be issued for special events in the Royal House, such as births, marriages and deaths. During official incoming visits by heads of state, flags are flown only in the places being visited.
On King’s Day and the birthdays of Queen Máxima, Princess Beatrix and the Princess of Orange the Dutch flag is flown with an orange pennon. On all other occasions it is flown without a pennon.