Order of the Lion of the Netherlands
The Order of the Lion of the Netherlands was founded in 1815. It is conferred on individuals who have rendered exceptional service to the community, above and beyond what might have been expected of them, for example someone who has done pioneering scientific work of great value to society at large. The key word is always ‘exceptional’, indicating an extraordinary achievement rooted in great talent.
- artistic achievement
- achievement in science or research
- technological innovation
- innovative entrepreneurship
There are three classes in the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands:
The Order’s decoration carries the motto ‘Virtus Nobilitat', or ‘Virtue ennobles’.