Dutch Royal Regalia
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The regalia of the Dutch realm consist of the following:
- the crown, symbolising the sovereignty of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which presently consists of the Netherlands in Western Europe and two overseas territories in the Caribbean: the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. It also symbolises the dignity of the Sovereign as head of state. Since Dutch constitutional monarchs are not physically crowned (the reigning House of Orange started as -only late hereditary- Stadholders(-general) in/of the Republic of the United Provinces), they never actually wear the crown;
- the sceptre, standing for the reigning King/Queen’s authority;
- the orb, standing for the Sovereign territory;
- the sword of state, standing for the Monarch's power;
- the national standard, displaying the Dutch kingdom's coat of arms.
- Dutch Royal House .