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Finally, a bit of vexillography. I have made my own hypothesis for Prince
Willem-Alexander's standard, considering/supposing that (a) princes use
5:6 rectangular flags, while princesses use swallow tailed ones and that
(b) princes and princesses of the blood use a blue cross on orange with
a hunting horn in the upper hoist and their parental arms in the lower
hoist, while princes-consort use an orange cross on blue with the Orange-Nassau
lion in the upper hoist and lower fly and their own Arms in the other cantons.
Sent separately as: nl!pwill.gif Standard of Prince Willem-Alexander (proposal)
Santiago Dotor, 16 February 2000
Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is now happily wed
with his Máxima Zorreguieta - congratulations to all Dutch! According
to the newspaper De Telegraaf, the Crown Princess has (not surprisingly)
even been granted a personal Coat of Arms and a flag by the Queen.
From the text below, it seems that the flag has an orange cross on blue, with the hunting horn and a castle (probably the one from her family Coat of Arms that also forms the heart shield of her new Coat of Arms). This is all the newspaper tells us, but I suppose there will also appear the state arms in the center, as on the other royal flags. No idea about the shape; probably swallow-tailed, as for other princesses?
The following text and a picture of the Coat of Arms can be found at this
webpage (possibly outdated, ed.)
"On the advice of the High Council of Nobility a special Coat of Arms was designed for Máxima, drawn by P. Bultsma from Kollum. The Coat of Arms consists of 4 parts:
I and IV a golden Dutch lion
II and III a hunting horn
As heartshield the Coat of Arms of Máxima Zorreguieta shows a castle with two cypresses and two black wolves. On the swallow-tailed blue flag with orange cross, which Princess Máxima will from now on use on her car, only the hunting horn of Orange and a castle will be seen."
Marco Pribilla, 2 Feb 2002
The flag and coat-of-arms were adopted 25 January 2002, and published
in Staatsblad nr.
From the given description and patterns from the other royal Dutch flags, I made the attached image. But note that this is only a provisional image meant to give you an idea how the flag will *probably* look like! I will sent a definitive image if I have a correct design.
Piet Bultsma, who made the drawings, is member of the Dutch Association of Vexillology (NVvV).
Mark Sensen, 2 Feb 2002