Dutch nobility titles

The origin of the nobility and the development and later loss of its privileges followed similar trajectories as in Belgium. Originally, the nobility was divided into the landed gentry and the city patriciate and initially held power, but this was lost with the introduction of the Republic in 1795. In 1807, the temporary King of Holland Louis Bonaparte tried to revive the nobility with its titles, predicates and privileges, but this met with vigorous opposition from his brother Napoleon Bonaparte. The Dutch Constitution of 1848 finally abolished all nobility privileges and the royal prerogative of nobility. Today's Dutch nobility consists primarily of landowners. Traditionally, the nobility has also held some functions at court. The Dutch nobility is not untitled.

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