The Netherlands National Anthem

Wilhelmus van Nassouwe” (the Wilhelmus) has been the official Dutch national anthem since 10 May 1932, when the Cabinet decided that it should be played on all official occasions. Before that date, it was also often played or sung on official occasions, such as the investiture of Queen Wilhelmina in 1888.


Until 1932, the official national anthem was Wiens Neerlands Bloed (Whose Dutch blood), which was written for the foundation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1815.

First verse of the Wilhelmus follows:

Wilhelmus van Nassouwe
Ben ik van Duitsen bloed,
Den vaderland getrouwe
blijf ik tot in den dood;
Een Prinse van Oranje,
ben ik, vrij, onverveerd,
den Koning van Hispanje
heb ik altijt geeerd.

Mijn schild ende betrouwen
zijt Gij, O God, mijn Heer,
op U zo wil ik bouwen,
Verlaat mij nimmermeer.
Dat ik doch vroom mag blijven,
uw dienaar t’aller stond,
detirannie verdrijven,
die mij mijn hart doorwondt.


William of Nassau, scion
Of a Dutch and ancient line,
I dedicate undying
Faith to this land of mine.
A prince I am, undaunted,
Of Orange, ever free,
To the king of Spain I’ve granted
A lifelong loyalty.

A shield and my reliance,
are you, O God my Lord.
I’ll trust unto Thy guidance.
O leave me not ungirt.
That I may stay a pious
Servant of Thine for aye
And drive the plagues that try us
And tyranny away.

Huis ten Bosch Palace, the Queen’s home since 1981, is located in the north-eastern part of The Hague. Like Noordeinde Palace and the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, the State has placed Huis ten Bosch Palace at the Queen’s disposal by Act of Parliament.


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