Hague, May 31st 2012EUROGENDOR participates in the Royal Marechaussee General Commander Change of Command ceremony.Lieutenant General Mr. D.van Putten handed over his position as the Commander of the Royal Marechaussee to Lieutenant General Dr. J.A.J. Leijtens in the Binnenhof Square, seat of the Dutch Parliament in Hague, The Netherlands.Chaired by Brigadier General R.E. Harsma of the Royal Marechaussee, the event was attended by several Dutch ministers, State Secretaries, High ranking Dutch military officers as well as foreign ambassadors. After having received the Standard of the Royal Marechaussee from his predecessor, the new Commander, General Leijtens, inspected a military parade.The EUROGENDFOR flag escorted by the Permanent Head Quarters delegation located in Vicenza (Italy), marched along with several Royal Marechaussees units from all over The Netherlands.
On the 31st of May 2012 at 13.00 hours a detachment with representatives from the PHQ Eurogendfor participated in the ceremony of the Change of Command of the General Commander of the Royal Marechaussee in The Hague.
For the first time in its history the ceremony took place in the Binnenhof in The Hague. The Binnenhof has been the location of meetings of the Staten-Generaal, the Dutch parliament, since 1446, and has been the centre of Dutch politics for many centuries.
The Change of Command ceremony was presided by Brigadier General R.E. Harsma of the Royal Marechaussee.
The outgoing Commander of the Royal Marechaussee Lieutenant General Mr. D.van Putten transferred his command symbolic by handover of the Standard of the Royal Marechaussee to the new Commander of the Royal Marechaussee, Lieutenant General Dr. J.A.J. Leijtens.
After the transfer of command the new commander inspected a parade in which several Royal Marechaussees units from around the country and a detachment from EUROGENDFOR participated.
This ceremony was attended by ambassadors and other foreign guest, several ministers and state secretaries of different Ministries and high Militaries of the various armed Dutch forces.