The armed forces used to be divided into regiments. Nowadays, regiments no longer have any organisational significance. The regiments continue to exist, however, as a matter of tradition. The current units carry on the traditions of the old regiments and honour certain customs.
Besides a ceremonial role, this continuation of traditions plays an even more important role for today’s soldiers. The regiments lie at the heart of the esprit de corps, morale and team spirit of the armed forces. It is also something the soldiers of today share with former members and veterans of their regiment.
Each regiment has its own colour or standard, which is presented to them by the Sovereign. All military personnel are assigned to one of the regiments. When they officially enter the service, they swear the oath or make the solemn affirmation on the colour or standard of their regiment.
Officer of the ‘Prinses Irene’ Fusilier Guards Regiment Officer of the Grenadier Guards Officer of the Rifle Guards Officer of the Van Heutsz Regiment Officer of the Prince Bernhard ‘Stoottroepen’ Regiment Officer of the ‘Johan Willem Friso’ Infantry Regiment Officer of the ‘Limburgse Jagers’ Infantry Regiment NCO of the ‘Prins Alexander’ Hussars Regiment Cavalry Escort of Honour Officer of the Field Artillery Corps Officer of the Mobile Artillery Corps (‘Gele Rijders’) Officer of the Air Defence Artillery Corps Royal Military Academy cadet/officer candidate