Recipients of the Order of the Netherlands Lion

Recipients of the Order of the Netherlands Lion and, until 1830, its counterpart the Order of the Lion Belgium.

The Order of the Netherlands Lion is a high order of chivalry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Order of the Netherlands Lion was until recently awarded upon eminent individuals from all walks of life, including generals, ministers of the crown, mayors of large towns, professors and leading scientists, industrialists, high ranking civil servants, presiding judges and renowned artists. Since 1980 the Order has been primarily used to recognise merit in the arts, science, sport and literature. The following are recipients within the award.

Knight Grand CrossEdit

RoyaltyEdit

(List incomplete)

Nationality Military Rank Name Date Royal function(s)/Political offices(s) Military offices(s) Comments
    
Admiral of the Fleet
Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha 1865 Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
(1890–1893)
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
(1886–1889)
Commander-in-Chief, Channel Fleet
(1883–1884)
  Pasha Khedive Isma'il of Egypt 1866 Khedive of Egypt and Sudan
(1863–1879)
   
Field marshal
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn 23 August 1878 Governor General of Canada
(1911–1916)
  Pasha Khedive Abbas II of Egypt 1892 Khedive of Egypt and Sudan
(1892–1914)
   
Lieutenant general
Prince Henry, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 7 February 1901 Prince consort of the Netherlands
(1901–1934)
  King Fuad I of Egypt 1925 King of Egypt
(1922–1936)
Sultan of Egypt
(1917–1922)
  Queen Juliana of the Netherlands 30 April 1927 Queen of the Netherlands
(1948–1980)
Former Grand Master (04/09/1948–30/04/1980)
   
General
Tisavarakumarn, the Prince Damrong Rajanubhab 8 August 1930 Prince of Thailand
(1862–1943)
Commanders-in-chief of the Royal Siamese Army
(1887–1890)
  Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia 7 October 1930 Emperor of Ethiopia
(1930–1974)
   
General
 
Lieutenant admiral
Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld 7 January 1937 Prince consort of the Netherlands
(1948–1980)
Inspector General of the Armed forces of the Netherlands
(1970–1976)
Inspector General of the Royal Netherlands Air Force
(1953–1970)
Inspector General of the Royal Netherlands Navy
(1946–1970)
Inspector General of the Royal Netherlands Army
(1945–1970)
Commander-in-chief of the Armed
forces of the Netherlands

(1944–1945)
Husband of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands
   
Admiral of the Fleet
Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma 1948 Governor-General of India
(1947–1948)
Viceroy of India
(1947)
Chief of the Defence Staff
(1959–1965)
Chairman of the NATO Military Committee
(1960–1961)
First Sea Lord
(1955–1959)
Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet
(1952–1954)
Fourth Sea Lord
(1950–1952)
  Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 1950 Queen consort of the United Kingdom
(1936–1952)
Empress consort of India
(1936–1947)
Wife of King George VI of the United Kingdom
  Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom 1950 Queen of the United Kingdom
(1952–2022)
  Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands 31 January 1956 Queen of the Netherlands
(1980–2013)
Former Grand Master (30/04/1980–30/04/2013)
  Princess Irene of the Netherlands 5 August 1957
   
Field marshal
 
Admiral of the Fleet
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 26 March 1958 Consort of the United Kingdom
(1952-2021)
Lord High Admiral
(2011-2021)
Air commodore-in-chief of
the Air Training Corps
(1953–2015)
Husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, died 9 April 2021
  Prince Claus of the Netherlands 10 March 1966 Prince consort of the Netherlands
(1980–2002)
Husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
   
Field marshal
 
Admiral of the fleet
 
Marshal of the air force
King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand 12 May 1960 King of Thailand
(1946–2016)
Head of the Royal Thai Armed Forces
(1946–2016)
   
Field marshal
 
Admiral of the fleet
 
Marshal of the air force
Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother 12 May 1960 Queen consort of Thailand
(1950–2016)
Special commander of the 21st Infantry Regiment, Queen's Guard
(since 1959)
Wife of King Rama IX of Thailand
  Princess Margriet of the Netherlands 19 January 1961
  King Hussein of Jordan 1964 King of Jordan
(1952–1999)
  Princess Christina of the Netherlands 18 February 1965
   
Brigadier general
 
Commodore
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands 27 April 1985 King of the Netherlands
(since 2013)
Grand Master (30/04/2013)
  Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau 25 September 1986
  Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands 11 October 1987
  Emperor Akihito of Japan 22 October 1991 Emperor Emeritus of Japan
(1989-2019)
  Empress Michiko of Japan 22 October 1991 Empress consort Emerita of Japan
(1989-2019)
Wife of Emperor Akihito of Japan
   Queen Máxima of the Netherlands 2 February 2002 Queen consort of the Netherlands
(since 2013)
Wife of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
   
Captain
Pieter van Vollenhoven 29 April 2004 Husband of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
  King Albert II of Belgium 20 June 2006 King of the Belgians
(1993–2013)
  Queen Paola of Belgium 20 June 2006 Queen consort of the Belgians
(1993–2013)
Wife of King Albert II of Belgium
  Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar 9 March 2011 Emir of Qatar
(1995–2013)
Prime Minister of Qatar
(1995–1996)
  King Baudouin of Belgium Unknown King of the Belgians
(1951–1993)
   
Major
Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale Unknown
  King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden Unknown King of Sweden
(1950–1973)
  King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden Unknown King of Sweden
(since 1973)
  King George V of the United Kingdom Unknown King of the United Kingdom
(1936–1952)
Emperor of India
(1936–1947)
  King Haakon VII of Norway Unknown King of Norway
(1905−1957)
  King Harald V of Norway Unknown King of Norway
(since 1991)
   
Grand admiral
Prince Henry of Prussia Unknown Commander-in-Chief of High Seas
Fleet of the Imperial German Navy

(1907−1909)
  Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Unknown Queen of Denmark
(since 1972)
  Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark Unknown Prince consort of Denmark
(since 1972)
Husband of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
   Queen Ingrid of Sweden Unknown Queen consort of Denmark
(1947–1972)
Wife of King Frederick IX of Denmark

Politics and MilitaryEdit

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Nationality Military Rank Name Date Political offices(s) Military offices(s) Comments
   
General
Godert van der Capellen 14 February 1821 Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
(1816–1826)
Commander-in-chief of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army
(1819)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Commander (17/11/1817)
  Jan Jacob Rochussen 10 October 1841 Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1858–1860)
Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
(1845–1851)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Commander (28/11/1840)
Elevated to Commander from Knight (04/07/1829)
  Floris Adriaan van Hall 2 April 1844 Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1853–1856, 1860–1861)
  Schelto van Heemstra 18 August 1860 Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1861–1862)
  Johan Rudolph Thorbecke 7 June 1863 Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1849–1853, 1862–1866, 1871–1872)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Commander (14/01/1851)
  Jan Heemskerk 1 May 1878 Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1874–1877, 1883–1888)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Commander (25/09/1867)
  Aeneas Mackay 27 May 1905 Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1888–1891)
Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
(1884–1885, 1901–1905)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Commander (17/02/1890)
   
General
Porfirio Díaz 1908 President of Mexico
(1876, 1877–1880, 1884–1911)
  Pieter Cort van der Linden 10 May 1926 Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1913–1918)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Commander (1901)
  Dirk Fock 7 September 1926 Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
(1921–1926)
Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
(1917–1920)
Governor of Suriname
(1908–1911)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Commander (10/10/1920)
  Tomáš Masaryk 1929 President of Czechoslovakia
(1918–1935)
   
Major
Hendrikus Colijn 6 January 1937 Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1925–1926, 1933–1939)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Commander (30/08/1926)
  Willem Lodewijk de
Vos van Steenwijk
30 August 1938 President of the Senate of the Netherlands
(1929–1946)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Commander (30/08/1933)
   
General of the Army
Dwight D. Eisenhower 6 October 1945 President of the United States
(1953–1961)
Supreme Allied Commander Europe
(1951–1952)
Chief of Staff of the United States Army
(1945–1948)
   
General
Henri Winkelman 14 April 1946 Commander-in-chief of the Armed
forces of the Netherlands

(1940)
   
Captain
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy 6 May 1946 Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1940–1945)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Knight (28/08/1930)
   
Lieutenant colonel
Sir Winston Churchill 1946 Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
(1940–1945, 1951–1955)
   
Field marshal
Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount
Montgomery of Alamein
16 January 1947 Chief of the Imperial General Staff
(1946–1948)
  Roelof Kranenburg 4 September 1948 President of the Senate of the Netherlands
(1946–1951)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Knight (30/08/1939)
  Willem Drees 22 December 1958 Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1948–1958)
  Konrad Adenauer 1960 Chancellor of Germany
(1949–1963)
  Walter Hallstein 1968 President of the European Commission
(1958–1967)
   
Marshal
Josip Broz Tito 1970 President of Yugoslavia
(1953–1980)
Prime Minister of Yugoslavia
(1944–1963)
  Louis Beel 28 June 1972 Vice President of the Council of State of the Netherlands
(1959–1972)
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1946–1948, 1958–1959)
  Sicco Mansholt 18 December 1972 President of the European Commission
(1972–1973)
European Commissioner for Agriculture
(1958–1972)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Commander (7 January 1958)
   
Lieutenant
Jelle Zijlstra 18 November 1981 Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1966–1967)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Commander (27 July 1963)
  Richard von Weizsäcker 1987 President of Germany
(1984–1994)
   
Second lieutenant
Ruud Lubbers 8 October 1994 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(2001–2005)
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
(1982–1994)
Elevated to Knight Grand Cross from Knight (11/04/1978)
  Kofi Annan 2006 Secretary-General of the United Nations
(1997–2006)
  Ivan Gašparovič 21 May 2007 President of Slovakia
(1998, 2004–2014)
Speaker of the National Council of Slovakia
(1992–1998)
  Valdas Adamkus 2008 President of Lithuania
(1998–2003, 2004–2009)
  Toomas Hendrik Ilves 2008 President of Estonia
(2006–2016)
  Lech Wałęsa 2008 President of Poland
(1990–1995)
  Abdullah Gül 17 April 2012 President of Turkey
(2007–2014)
Prime Minister of Turkey
(2002–2003)
  Giorgio Napolitano 23 October 2012 President of Italy
(2006–2015)
President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy
(1992–1994)
  François Hollande 20 January 2014 President of France
(2012–2017)
  Ban Ki-moon 19 April 2016 Secretary-General of the United Nations
(2007–2016)
  Joachim Gauck 7 February 2017 President of Germany
(2012–2017)
  Mauricio Macri 26 April 2017 President of Argentina
(2015–2019)
   
Lieutenant admiral
Conrad Helfrich Unknown Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy
(1945–1948)
Commander of the ABDACOM Naval Forces
(1942)
   
General
Walter Bedell Smith Unknown United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union
(1946–1948)
Commander of the First United States Army
(1949–1950)
  Helmut Kohl Unknown Chancellor of Germany
(1982–1998)
   
Seaman
Joseph Luns Unknown Secretary General of NATO
(1971–1984)
  Cardinal Johannes de Jong Unknown Archbishop of Utrecht
(1936–1955)
  Martti Ahtisaari Unknown President of Finland
(1994–2000)
   
Field marshal
Jan Smuts Unknown Prime Minister of South Africa
(1919–1924, 1939–1948)
   
Field marshal
Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke Unknown Chief of the Imperial General Staff
(1941–1946)
Commander-in-Chief, Home Forces
(1940–1941)
Commander-in-Chief, Southern Command
(1939, 1940)
  Gijsbert Karel van Hogendorp Unknown Vice President of the Council of State of the Netherlands
(1814–1816)
  Cardinal Bernardus Johannes Alfrink Unknown Archbishop of Utrecht
(1955–1975)
   
Major-general
Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone Unknown Governor General of Canada
(1940–1946)
Governor-General of the Union of South Africa
(1924–1930)
   
Admiral of the Fleet
Andrew Cunningham, 1st Viscount
Cunningham of Hyndhop
Unknown Lord High Steward
(1953)
First Sea Lord
(1943–1946)
  Charles de Broqueville Unknown Prime Minister of Belgium
(1911–1918, 1932–1934)

CommanderEdit

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Nationality Military Rank Name Date Royal function(s)/Political offices(s) Military offices(s) Comments
  Jan Willem Louis van Oordt 1875 Tutor to William III in shipbuilding Chief Engineer of the Royal Netherlands Navy
  Vice-admiral Frederik Alexander Adolf Gregory Unknown
   
General
Godfried van Voorst tot Voorst Unknown Second highest officer in command of the Dutch armed forces during World War II Commander

KnightEdit

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Nationality Military Rank Name Date Royal function(s)/Political offices(s) Military offices(s) Comments
   Edward Bok 1924 Philanthropist, publisher, editor of Ladies' Home Journal, Pulitzer Prize winning author Knight
   
Vice admiral
Jean Jacques Rambonnet 1924 Politician, Minister of the Navy, acting Minister of the Colonies, acting Minister of War, Chief Scout of the Netherlands Naval officer Knight
   Hok Hoei Kan 1930 Politician and community leader of the Dutch East Indies, member of the Volksraad Knight
   
Lieutenant admiral
Johan Furstner Politician, Minister of the Navy Naval officer, Chief of the Naval Staff, Commander-in-Chief of the Naval Forces Knight
  Jacobus Thomas (Tom) de Smidt 1985 [1] Academic in the field of Legal history Knight
  Dick Swaab 1998[2] Neurobiologist and founder of the Netherlands Brain Bank Knight
  André Rieu 2002 Violinist and conductor of the Johann Strauss Orchestra Knight
   Børge Ring 2003 Animated short film writer, director and animator Knight
  Hans van Houwelingen 2008 Academic, mathematician in the field of medical statistics, biostatistics Knight
  Willem de Vos 2017 Academic, microbiologist Knight

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jaarboek van de Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde, 2014 · DBNL".
  2. ^ "Prof. Dick Swaab MD PhD". ISCOMS. Retrieved 13 August 2020.