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Old 09-10-2007, 05:42 AM
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Prinsjesdag 2007

This thread is reserved for the annual event of the Dutch Royal Family, which is the Opening of the Parliament (Prinsjesdag)

This year's Prinsjesdag will be held on September 18, 2006, and will be attended by :
- HM Queen Beatrix
- HRH The Prince of Orange & HRH Princess Maxima
- HRH Prince Constantijn & HRH Princess Laurentien
- HRH Princess Margriet & Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven

Here are some links to the previous years' threads :
Prinsjesdag 2006
Prinsjesdag 2005

Prinsjesdag 2004
Prinsjesdag 2003
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Old 09-10-2007, 06:32 AM
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The royal procession

At ca. 13.00 o'clock the royal procession will leave Noordeinde Palace and head for the Inner Court where the Hall of Knights is located.

The royal procession is composed as following:

1.
an honorary escort of the Police The Hague (on horseback)

2.
the Royal Netherlands Army Band in the ceremonial uniform of the Guards' Regiment Grenadiers and Rifles

3.
the Commander of the Guards' Regiment Grenadiers and Rifles

4.
the Standard-bearer escorted by guards from of the Guards' Regiment Grenadiers and Rifles

5.
the King's Company Guards' Regiment Grenadiers and Rifles

6.
the Standard-bearer escorted by 5 guards of the Royal Marechaussee (on horseback)

7.
a honorary escort of the Royal Marechaussee (on horseback)

8.
the Standard-bearer escorted by 5 guards of the Cavalry Regiment Hussars Prince Alexander (on horseback)

9.
an honorary escort of the Cavalry Regiment Hussars Prince Alexander (on horseback)

10.
a riding servant-major and two riding servants (on horseback)

11.
a gala coupé with the Chamberlain-on-duty and the Master of the Ceremonies. The carriage is pulled by two horses, steered by a coachman and guided by two lackeys

12.
a gala berline with the Lord Chamberlain and the Lady Grandmastress. The carriage is pulled by two horses, steered by a coachman and guided by two lackeys

13.
a honorary escort of the Corps National Police Services (on horseback)

14.
a riding servant-major and two riding servants (on horseback)

15.
a gala glassberline with HRH Prince Constantijn, HRH Princess Laurentien, HRH Princess Margriet and Professor mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven. The carriage is pulled by four horses, steered by a coachman and guided by four lackeys

16.
a honorary escort of the Corps National Police Services (on horseback)

17.
a riding servant-major and two riding servants (on horseback)

18.
the Master of the Stables of Her Majesty The Queen, riding the Queen's horse

19.
the Golden State Carriage with HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Orange and HRH Princess Máxima. The carriage is pulled by eight horses, steered by a coachman and guided by nine postillions and eight lackeys

20.
two aide-de-camps of Her Majesty The Queen (on horseback)

21.
the aide-de-camp-general of Her Majesty The Queen and the Governor of the Residence (on horseback)

22.
a honorary escort of the Cavalry Regiment Hussars Van Boreel (on horseback)

23.
an honorary escort of the Police The Hague (on horseback)


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Old 09-10-2007, 08:12 AM
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Prinsjesdag 2007

A special site,in dutch only,but providing links to the dutch governmental institutions in dutch & english.

Courtesy Sal who posted the link at the BRMB.
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:58 AM
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Dateline

Tuesday September 4th 2007
The presidium of the States-General releases all invitations to hear the Address from the Throne in the Hall of Knights

Monday September 10th 2007
The cavalry regiments (usually Hussars Prince Alexander and Hussars Van Boreel), the Royal Marechaussee and the police forces who take part in the royal procession train their horses in their own equestrian centers

Tuesday September 11th 2007
The central dêpot for the ceremonial tenues in Rijswijk (The Hague) is ready with providing the ceremonial tenues for the military taking part in the proceedingss

Tuesday September 11th 2007
Specialists of the Ministry of Finances make the last corrections and modifications on the Budget 2008

Wednesday September 12th 2007
The Budget 2008, the Note on the situation of the Kingdom's finances and the explanatory memoranda are printed

Friday September 14th 2007
The Address from the Throne is finished in consultations between The Queen and the Premier

Friday September 14th 2007
All horses participating in the royal procession, from those pulling the carriages to those forming the mounted escorte must be ready and prepared

Friday September 14th 2007
The leaders of the political parties in the States-General receive the Budget 2008, the Note on the situation of the Kingdom's finances and the explanatory memorandum, all under strict embargo

Sunday September 16th 2007
Last rehearsal of the procession from Noordeinde Palace to the Inner Court, with the Glass State Carriage as a stand-in for the Golden State Carriage

Monday September 17th 2007
The cavalry regiments (usually Hussars Prince Alexander and Hussars Van Boreel) (picture), the Royal Marechaussee (picture) and the police forces (picture) who take part in the royal procession train their horses together in the dunes and on the beach of Scheveningen (The Hague)

Monday September 17th 2007
The Hall of Knights, the Inner Court and the route of the royal procession are cleaned, prepared, decorated and secured

Tuesday September 18th 2007
The route of the procession is closed for all traffic, the rails for the streetcars are filled with ropes, sand is distributed on the route (to prevent slipping horses)

Tuesday September 18th 2007
A battery of 6 guns for gunsalutes by the Corps Riding Artillery in ceremonial tenue is prepared on the Malieveld (picture)

Tuesday September 18th 2007
The Queen heads for the Hall of Knights on the Inner Court (picture) - Address from the Throne - The Queen heads for Noordeinde Palace - balcony appearance of The Queen and her royal escorte (picture)

Tuesday September 18th 2007
During the procession from and to Noordeinde Palace, the Corps Riding Artillery will fire minute-shots as long as the Sovereign is on her way

Tuesday September 18th 2007
The Minister of Finances has Her Majesty's gracious permission to inform the States-General on the Budget 2008 and offers a symbolical white case with the Budget to the Chairwoman of the Second Chamber

Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th September 2007
The Second Chamber of the States-General helds a two-day debate with the Cabinet on the Address from the Throne, the Budget 2008 and the general financial, political, social and economical situation of the kingdom.

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Old 09-11-2007, 08:03 AM
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The names of those militairy regiments sound so impresive usually. Do they ´use´ the same ones every year or do they change the regiments they use? And related to that, what uniform will WA wear this year, he usually has them take turns: the army, navy and airforce.

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Also provided by Sal, make your own golden state carriage, here.
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I can't wait. Do you think perhaps Princess Amalia and Alexia will attend? It would be nice...
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I can't wait. Do you think perhaps Princess Amalia and Alexia will attend? It would be nice...
I believe that's unlikely. Can you imagine two little kids like them, in the long opening of the Parliament? mmmm
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Old 09-11-2007, 01:36 PM
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I can't wait. Do you think perhaps Princess Amalia and Alexia will attend? It would be nice...
When Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane have reached the age on which they can assume the kingship (18 years old), then their attendance can be expected indeed. So we have to wait until Prinsjesdag 2022 to see Princess Catharina-Amalia on her first Prinsjesdag.

For special occasions there were attendances of minor royals anyway. In 1849 Queen Sophie and the Princes Willem (9 years) and Maurits (6 years) did attend Prinsjesdag. The Queen and the two princes were not 'on the floor' but seated in a loge. This was the first Prinsjesdag for King Willem III and the Queen came with the two Princes to add to the festive athmosphere.

Until Queen Emma became Regentess (1890) there never have been ladies 'on the floor'.



When The Prince of Orange helds his first Address from the Throne, it is possible that his spouse and children will follow the example of Queen Sophie and have a seat in a loge.

The minor Princesses Beatrix and Irene as well the minore Princes Willem-Alexander, Johan Friso and Constantijn did attend the Enthronement Ceremonies of 1948 respectively 1980. (An Enthronement Ceremony is, exactly like Prinsjesdag, a joint assembly of both Chambers of the States-General).
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Old 09-11-2007, 02:56 PM
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Well, I certainly hope that a Queen Maxima will sit next to her husband on a throne and not hidden away in a lodge.
I was wondering if the 3 sons of Beatrix were ever seen during Prinsjesdays before their 18th birthday. Maybe waving from the windows of the cabinet of the Queen?
Before WA' s 18th birthday were there only 4 royals on the balcony of Noordeinde? I don't recall seeing any pictures of balcony ' scenes' after Prinsjesday in the 80-ties at all btw.
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I believe that's unlikely. Can you imagine two little kids like them, in the long opening of the Parliament? mmmm
we definitely won't see them until their dad becomes king. i think it'll depend on how they are then.

i suspect they wont start coming till they are 18.
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Well, I certainly hope that a Queen Maxima will sit next to her husband on a throne and not hidden away in a lodge.
I was wondering if the 3 sons of Beatrix were ever seen during Prinsjesdays before their 18th birthday. Maybe waving from the windows of the cabinet of the Queen?
Before WA' s 18th birthday were there only 4 royals on the balcony of Noordeinde? I don't recall seeing any pictures of balcony ' scenes' after Prinsjesday in the 80-ties at all btw.
Prinsjesdag 1980 and 1981 saw the balcony scene at Het Lange Voorhout (picture), a stately mansion which was in use as the Queen's official secretariate.

From 1982 on the balcony scene took place on Noordeinde Palace ('The Old Court') (picture).

From Prinsjesdag 1985 we gradually saw attendances of the sons of The Queen. Due to studies abroad and military service, not always all three three of them did attend anyway.

The largest group of royals 'on the floor' during a normal session of the States-General was in 2002 and 2003:

HM The Queen

HRH The Prince of Orange
HRH Princess Máxima

HRH Prince Friso

HRH Prince Constantijn
HRH Princess Laurentien

HRH Princess Margriet
Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven
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The largest group of royals 'on the floor' during a normal session of the States-General was in 2002 and 2003:

HM The Queen

HRH The Prince of Orange
HRH Princess Máxima

HRH Prince Friso

HRH Prince Constantijn
HRH Princess Laurentien

HRH Princess Margriet
Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven[/quote]

Would you like to see the two Van Vollenhovens there aswell?
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Boulevard magazine Prive had an interview with one of Laurentiens designers, Ronald Kolk. He usually is the man responsible for Laurentiens outfits on Prinsjesdag. He also has created the one for this year and he can only reveal that it will be very tight. He had to make some special ´trucs´ to make it possible to walk in that dress.

Sigh....
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Boulevard magazine Prive had an interview with one of Laurentiens designers, Ronald Kolk. He usually is the man responsible for Laurentiens outfits on Prinsjesdag. He also has created the one for this year and he can only reveal that it will be very tight. He had to make some special ´trucs´ to make it possible to walk in that dress.

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Thanks for the info. Let's see what Laurentien wears this time
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Would you like to see the two Van Vollenhovens there aswell?
Personally I would like to see the entire Royal House there, so the two eldest van Vollenhoven Princes and Princess Annette Rakette. Marilene can stay at home as punishment for exsesive use of clothes from Maison Pauw

But seriously, this is the most important day in the year for the monarchy, so having all members of the RH there would be logical, The tendency however here and practically everywhere else is ´downscaling´ and put the focus on a ´core´ group of royals. A shame but understandable in todays society.

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On a different note, when was the last time Queen Juliana was waving from the window of the Cabinet of the Queen to her daughters and grandsons? And I also wondered when was the last tome that the courtiers were standing behind the thrones of Juliana and Bernhard. I think it is a pity they stopped that habit, it adds some lustre (and it fills up some empty space...).
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Sunday there was the usual rehearsal, still in nice weather (today is horrid and tomorrow will be to probably). They use the glass state carriage for the rehearsal. Note that they are not using their ceremonial uniforms yet. Some pictures:

Hall of Knights

Trumpets, horses and militairy people

Nooreinde Palace

Statue of William the Taciturn

Under a gate

Glass State Carriage

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Marianne provided this interesting link on the Benelux Royals MB. it has clips of old Prinsjesdays, in the 50-ties and 40-ties.
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I'm really looking forward to this event!
It's always great to see Beatrix' colorful hats!
Last year her hat was really simple and so I hope she'll wear something eyecatching this year again!
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Can some declare to me, why Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven has no title???
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Boulevard magazine Prive had an interview with one of Laurentiens designers, Ronald Kolk. He usually is the man responsible for Laurentiens outfits on Prinsjesdag. He also has created the one for this year and he can only reveal that it will be very tight. He had to make some special ´trucs´ to make it possible to walk in that dress.

Sigh....
Sigh indeed. I recently bumped into Ronald Kolk's shop when I was in Amsterdam. I should have taken a closer look, maybe I could have found out some 'inside information' on what Laurentien will wear tomorrow. I'm preparing for the worst.
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Can some declare to me, why Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven has no title???
Try and read the Princess Margriet and Prof.mr.Pieter van Vollenhoven threads.
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