Law of 10 May 1994, laying down rules for the settlement of peerage
We Beatrix, at the grace of God, Queen of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, etc. etc. etc.
All of them, who will see or hear these, saluut! do know:
In particular, we have taken into consideration that on the basis of additional Article XXV of the Constitution a supply must be made for the purpose of the nobility;
In this way, we, the Council of State, and with the mean consultations of the States-General, have been well-regarded and understood to be right and to be understood by the following:
Adeldom is granted by royal decree. The grant can only be granted to the Dutch.
1 The granting of nobility shall be effected by means of a charge, by means of a reduction or by a recognition.
2 Royalty in the nobility by royal decree may take place only in respect of members of the royal house and of former members thereof within three months of the loss of membership of the royal house.
The award of the titles "Prince (Princess) of the Netherlands" and "Prince (Princess) of Orange-Nassau" is granted to or under the Royal house membership law Determined.
3 Inhalation in the Dutch nobility can only take place in relation to persons whose sex belongs to the legally recognized nobility of a state with a similar status and who have made the request for encasation.
(a) together with the request for the provision of the Nederlandership;
b. to take the declaration to obtain the Nederlandership by means of an option;
(c) together with the attainment of the majority in the acquisition of the Netherlands State of law, if the father of the applicant has not obtained the Netherlands from law.
4 Recognition to the Dutch nobility can take place exclusively in relation to persons belonging to a genus that already belonged to the indigenous nobility before 1795.
Adeldom also goes according to the existing arrangements with regard to nobility over child born outside the marriage.
In the granting of Adeldom, taxa shall be payable. In the case of a general measure of administration, detailed rules on taxa shall be laid down.
Adeldom shall be entered on official documents where this is required, unless the person concerned requests that the indication is omitted or removed.
1 There is a High Court of Adel.
2 The Council's task is to advise our Minister of the Interior on requests for the granting of noble status.
3 The Council is composed of five members, appointed and dismissed by Royal Decree.
1 [ Red: Contains changes to other regulations.]
2 Existing Arrangements with regard to adeldom and the Supreme Court of Adel may be amended by a general measure of management.
Enlisation in the Dutch nobility may take place in relation to persons whose sex belongs to the legally recognized nobility of a state with a similar peerage and have made a request for inannuation within five years from the date of the date. from the entry into force of this Act.
This law can be cited as Law on the Peerage.
Burdens and orders that are in the State Sheet will be placed, and that all ministries, authorities, colleges and officials who so concern will keep their hands on the precise execution.
Issued at The Hague, 10 May 1994
The Minister of the Interior,
E. of ThijnPublished on the second June 1994
The Minister of Justice,
E. M. H. Hirsch Ballin