In May 2017 a new official tableware was put into service. It will be used when His Majesty receives in his representative role on behalf of the Netherlands foreign dignitaries. The dishes have representative value and are mainly used for large official dinners offered by the King on behalf of the Netherlands, such as state-owned banknotes at inbound state visits, dinners at official visits of high foreign guests or foreign ambassadors’ reception. Over the years, such dinners have been around 6-8 times a year.
A new tableware was needed because the old dishes were in use for more than 40 years and the numbers began to run back that it was no longer possible to receive the desired numbers of guests. The old tableware could not be delivered anymore.
There are at least 275 complete 14-piece couverts (9-piece dishes and 5-piece glassware) for the biggest dinners. In order to ensure such numbers in the coming decades, 350 couverts are ordered.
In the past, it was common for new headquarters to be purchased when a new head of state was appointed. This is deviated from by Queen Beatrix. The fact that King Willem-Alexander was found was not in itself the reason for new dishes. The long and intensive use and, in particular, the decline in the number of old dishes.
The dishes and glassware are both designed by a Dutch designer and produced by a Dutch manufacturer. It is a 9-piece tableware designed in the tradition of the ‘Delft Blue’. There are original characteristics used, but also new elements that depict the connection between the family of orange, frost and society. The kingfisher, orange blossom and geometric patterns come together to form an ensemble. The dishes are called ‘Blossom Panache’. Delfts Blauw is characterized by silhouettes with layered blue shades. In the composition, the orange blossom is processed into a playfully draped bouquet, between which the kingfisher flies from branch to branch.
A new glassware was needed because the old glassware used in the last century was strongly reversed in numbers. In 2012, research was carried out on the possibility of supplementing this glassware. Unfortunately, this was not possible. Then it was chosen to further expand the ‘Wedding Christian Savior’ that King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima received for their marriage. The monogram in the glassware is applied by sandblasting.