A Royal Medal of Honor is an award for associations and institutions. You can receive the Royal Medal when celebrating a special anniversary. You apply for the Royal Medal of Honour at the municipality. The King awards the Royal Medal of Honour.

How does it work?

  • Only an association, foundation or institution that has existed for at least 50 years can receive a Royal Medal of Honor.
  • The Royal Medal of Honor is awarded at the celebration of the 50th anniversary. Or at the next 25 years (for example, at the 75th or 100th anniversary). An exception is possible in very special cases.
  • The Royal Medal of Honor is different from the designation "Royal. An association or institution with the Royal Medal of Honor may not call itself "Royal.
  • A union or umbrella organization cannot receive a Royal Medal of Honor.

The Royal House website tells you what the requirements are to receive the Royal Medal of Honor.


  • You apply for the Royal Medal of Honor free of charge at the municipality where your association or institution is located*.
  • Clearly explain why your association or institution deserves the Royal Medal of Honor. In doing so, include information about the history, purpose of the association and type of activities.
  • Submit your application at least 6 months before the desired award date.

* Is your association, foundation or institution located in Zoetermeer? Please send your request to:

Municipality of Zoetermeer
PO Box 15

Other awards

Municipal awards

A municipal award is a token of appreciation for a person or organization that has dedicated themselves in a special way to the city of Zoetermeer and/or its residents. The municipality of Zoetermeer has four different municipal awards.

For more information, see Municipal Awards.

Royal decoration (ribbon)

The rain of ribbons takes place every year on the last working day before King's Day. Most royal honors are awarded during this rain of ribbons. 

For more information, see Royal Award, ribbon.

Royal predicate

The Predicate Royal is a distinction that can be granted to associations, foundations, institutions or large corporations. 

For more information, see Royal predicate.

Becoming a Court Supplier

The addition "By Royal Order Court Supplier" can be awarded to small and medium-sized businesses that are prominent in their region and have been in existence for 100, 125 (or multiples of 25) years.

For more information, see Becoming a Court Supplier.