The Royal Award is annually presented to encourage talented young painters active in the Netherlands.
The Award was instituted in 1871 by H.M. King William III. After King William III it was continued by Queen Emma, Queen Wilhelmina, Queen Juliana and Queen Beatrix. They turned this into a true royal tradition. King Willem-Alexander continued this tradition by presenting the Royal Award 2013 on the 4th October in the Royal Palace Amsterdam.