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Netherlands Flag

The Dutch tri-colour was first used in the second half of the 16th century when the Dutch provinces raised against Spain and the Hapsburg Empire. Their leader was William I, Prince of Orange and Count of Nassau, and after him the flag was named "Prinsenvlag" ("Princeflag"). At first the flag was orange-white-blue and probably derived from the livery of William of Orange.

This flag was accepted as the sole Dutch flag from 1597, but from around 1630 the orange band was frequently rendered in red, and in 1796, the year after the country was conquered by the French, the orange was prohibited in order that the flag share the same colours as the French tri-colour. However, the national colour of the Netherlands is still orange, and when the flag is displayed on state holidays, or by Diplomatic missions abroad, it is accompanied by a long orange streamer flown just above the flag.

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