At the opening session of the Dutch Parliament season 2011/2012 Her Majesty Queen Beatrix talked about tough economic times ahead and the required belt tightening.
And what better way to convey the message than lead by royal example. Belt tightening aside, Princess Maxima, the most glamorous member of the Dutch royal family, does not shy away from recycling her accessories. The charming floppy hat seen on the Princess a few days ago in Rome where she presided over the opening of the Mondrian exhibition was part of her regal ensemble for the Prinsjes day 2011.
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. TheTroonrede outlines the government’s financial plans for the coming year.