In the 16th and 17th centuries, stadholders – William of Orange and his successors – played an important role in the Dutch Republic. There was also a period without stadholders. After another ‘stadholderless period’ in the 18th century, two more hereditary successors of William of Orange held the office of stadholder until the French invasion.

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Stadholder Prince Maurits. Painting by Jean Henri Brandon (1697).