Netherlands flag was officially recognized as the national flag on 19 February 1937 through a royal decree issued by Queen Wilhelmina. Since then, the flag is also used as the flag of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Use and Display
Usually, the flag of Netherlands is hoisted at army bases and government buildings throughout the country. During national mourning and other times of sadness, the tricolor of Netherlands is flown at half staff in order to show honor.
Private use of the Netherlands flag is not very common. However, during occasions like Koninginnedag or Queen's Day, the flag is hoisted at many private residences. An orange streamer is attached on top of the flag to commemorate this day. Other occasions when the Netherlands flag is used are non-holiday events or celebrations such as graduation of students.
The national flag is made of different varieties of cloth materials and it is available in different sizes. Some people even take private orders for manufacturing them.
Prince William of Orange had used this flag in the latter half of the 16th century to mark the Dutch revolution against Spain. In this way, the flag was called the "Princeflag" (or "Prinsenvlag"). The colors used in the flag in that period were white, blue and orange. Later, this orange color was changed to red.