Today as every year on the third Tuesday of September, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix presided over the official opening of the Dutch Parliament.
The Queen together with the Crown Prince and Princess Maxima was driven in the Golden Coach from Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights) in the Binnenhof, which houses the Dutch Parliament.
Here the Queen read the Troonrede, ‘Speech from the Throne’, written jointly by the Ministers and Secretaries of State. The Troonrede outlines the government’s financial plans for the coming year.
And a somber year that is going to be. Sacrifices and cost cutting measures in the magnitude of 18 billion euro will affect Her Majesty’s subjects across the board.
As the procession returned to the Noordeinde Palace, the road was lined with members of the Dutch Royal Armed Forces. Soon afterwards again as the tradition requires the Royal Family appeared on the palace balcony to waive to loyal fans and adoring public (balkonscène).
Prinsjes dag is also an occasion when the normally formal and rather drab members of the government make an effort to glam up complete with hats and gloves for the ladies and day formal wear for the men.
Princess Maxima looked resplendid in her Jan Taminiau gown with matching gloves and an unexpected hat choice which I quite liked.
A representative for the Party for the Protection of Animals tried to make an environmental statement raising awareness of the dangers of whale hunting. Well, instead, it is more like a Playboy mansion candidate. “Hot!” Non?
And some more notable head wear from the members of the government
By now the hats and glamour outfits are sent away for well deserved rest and tomorrow, well, it is another day of hard work in The Hague.