King Willem-Alexander gave Queen Máxima an award on Monday.

She was awarded the Grand Cross of the House Order of Orange on the occasion of her fiftieth birthday and in appreciation of her services to the Royal House.

Queen Máxima received the award on her birthday, the Government Information Service said on Tuesday.

The House Order of Orange is a private decoration that was created by Queen Wilhelmina in 1905.

The order has three degrees: Grand Cross, Grand Cross of Honor and Cross of Honor.

The award goes not only to the Dutch, but also to residents of other countries who have worked for the king (in) or the Royal House.

King Willem-Alexander is currently Grand Master of the House Order and therefore personally - without the intervention of a minister - determines who qualifies for the award.

The Grand Cross received by Máxima is 68 millimeters long and 54 millimeters wide and hangs from an orange ribbon.

Royalty reporter Rick Evers reports on Twitter that Princess Laurentien has also received the award.

She got it at her wedding from Beatrix, who was still queen at the time.

We see Princess Laurentien every year on Prinsjesdag.

She got it at her wedding from Beatrix.

We do not have to expect Queen Máxima with the ribbon on Prince's Day: her Grand Cross in Order of NLse Leeuw is higher, you usually wear it.

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