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Re: Question re change from Hr. Ms. to HNLMS for Dutch warships

May 25 2017 at 11:02 AM
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Jan Visser  (Login Visje1981)
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Response to Question re change from Hr. Ms. to HNLMS for Dutch warships

 

Hi Robert,

The change never happened. The Dutch pre-fixed was and continued to be Hr.Ms., which is the Dutch abbreviation for Harer Majesteits, which translates to Her Majesty's.

This only changed when Willem-Alexander ascended to the throne in 2013, and pre-fixes changed to Zr.Ms. (for "Zijner Majesteits", which translates to "His Majesty's").

The English translation would be HNLMS in both variants, but this is a translation, not an official prefix for the ships. I also found HNMS on occasion but that would create an obvious risk of misunderstanding, because Norway also has a monarchy and a navy.

See more here:https://marineschepen.nl/dossiers/hr-ms-en-zr-ms.html

HTH,
Jan

 
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  • Thanks Jan! n/t - Robert on May 26, 2017, 3:10 PM
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