This was first awarded in 1985 when Miss Mies Klaver-Budding became the first participant to walk 50 marches.
The old version was similar in metal and general quality to the 10 and 11 year cross. The only difference was in the colour of the arms of the cross and the laurel behind. A new plaque design was introduced for the year number on the ribbon.
The new version is of silver gilt, and is hallmarked with both the maker’s name [WvV] and the Dutch silver hallmark [†] in the centre of the reverse. While following the old design, the cross is of very high workmanship and the enamel of better quality. The top bar is also hallmarked silver gilt with a better quality pin clasp.
Including 2012, over 100 walkers have been awarded the 50 year cross. This includes over 60 who received the old version, although they are entitled to claim the new version to wear instead if they so wish.