Dutch Orange

  Ancestors of the Dutch Royal family descended from Hendrik III of Nassau (1483-1538), whose second wife was Claudia of Chalon and Orange (1498-1521). In this marriage, the family acquired the principality of Orange.

Orange is located in France near Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Nassau is in Germany.
One of their sons was William of Orange, or William "the Silent" (1533-1584). His grandson became William III of Orange, king of Great Britain (1650-1702). This king did not have any heirs, so the Orange-Nassau name continued through an aunt.

The family name Orange-Nassau (Oranje-Nassau) has thus a lengthy history among the Dutch royals. The current monarch, Queen Beatrix, has 3 sons; the oldest son is Prince Willem Alexander, with the title "Crown Prince of Orange".

Prinsenvlag with Orange-White-Blue

The Dutch Tricolor Flag with Red-White-Blue

The "Princeflag" until 1630
The Netherlands Flag after 1630
  The Dutch flag's original colors were orange, white and blue, but were changed to red, white and blue in the 17th century. The latter and most recent colors were taken from the Orange-Nassau coat of arms. But the orange color has been secured in relation to the Dutch Royal house: an orange streamer is flown above the flag during national holidays.

The Dutch Flag

Flag and Streamer

Orange is considered the national color and is very popular in Holland.
For example, the national Soccer team is called "Orange",
and the play preferably in orange shirts as evidenced bij the next Dutch stamps.

World Championship Soccer 1994

The Dutch Orange Team
European Championship Socces 2000


Personalized Stamp Dirk Kuyt, nvph 2420 (2006)

Personalized Stamp Rafael van der Vaart, nvph 2270 (2004)




This stamp "Liberation" (bevrijdingszegel)
was released on July 15, 1945, right after the ending of the Second World War.
The Dutch Lion conquers the evil Dragon. Purposedly produced in orange color.