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The American General David Petraeus was appointed today at the Ministry of Defence the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange Nassau with swords.
Petraeus received this high royal honors in recognition of his outstanding services to the Netherlands during his various military commanding posts, especially during the mission in Afghanistan.
The former four-star general, who as the son of a Dutch father Frisian roots has received his decorations in the presence of Dutch (old) and his military colleagues Frisian relatives. Commissioner of the Province of Friesland Jorritsma John handed the General’s family tree dating back to the year 1599.
Petraeus responded enthusiastically to his award, he praised the good cooperation with the Netherlands and the quality of the Dutch soldiers. He shut off applicable in Dutch: “The Netherlands, for ever!”
Article I, Section 9, Clause 8:
No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.
The Nederlandsche vrijmetselaars almanak for 1818 shows the strong connection between Freemasonry and the House of Orange Nassau.