This flag design for the Netherlands was once the official flag of the Netherlands, but the top orange stripe was changed to red in 1796. The national and royal color of the Netherlands is orange, but there is no orange on the flag. Also, the red, white, and blue stripes make the flag very difficult to distinguish among many other European flags with red, white, and blue. Ugh! The red being changed to orange would make it easier to distinguish, and Luxembourg wouldn't have to keep the light blue stripe on the bottom of their flag (also they might keep it, which would be fine).