In the Netherlands the predicate “Royal” can be awarded to large companies or associations. The predicate was first introduced in 1807 by the first king of the Netherlands, Louis Napoleon Bonaparte. The king can award any company, association or institution the right to use the predicate “Royal” in their name. To be eligible, an organisation must hold a highly prominent position within its field, be of national importance and (in principal) must have existed for at least a hundred years.
The crowning moment in BK’s centenary celebrations in 1951 was when it was awarded the Royal predicate by Queen Juliana. In the eighties, BK then made further progress by merging with Koninklijke van Kempen en Begeer, renowned for its top brands Gero and Keltum. In 2008, the companies joined forces with De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles (otherwise known as Royal Delft). This Royal company, established in 1653, is one of the last remaining producers of Delft Blue pottery. The combined force of these three businesses is still just as strong today as it ever was, with its wealth of knowledge of Dutch craftsmanship and its innovation prowess of which the Royal Dutch Oven is just one beautiful example.