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Old 09-16-2015, 03:54 AM
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Some more pics of ths year's Prinsjesdag can be found here:



** pm gallery: Maxima royale et florale pour le "Jour du prince" **


** gettyimages/zimbio gallery: Prinsjesdag - Prince's Day - Celebration in the Hague **
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Old 09-16-2015, 05:11 AM
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What does someone see when he/she stands in front of the gates at Noordeinde Palace?

The Guard of Honour (a detachement of the Royal Netherlands Air Force) is preparing in front of Noordeinde Palace

The commander of the Guard of Honour informs an Aide-de-Camp that the guard is ready

An equerry (in red) and a riding servant (with a blocker for the wheels of the carriages)

Overview of the Cour of Noordeinde Palace

After the carriages for the members of the Household, for Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, etc.:

The Golden State Carriage, pulled by eight horses rides on the Cour

Her Majesty Queen Máxima

The King, Queen Máxima, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:50 PM
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I agree but he is there as member of the Government and most likely he wants to stress that constitutional aspect. An uniform adds colour and decorum, I agree: see picture.
Is the King of the Netherlands not Head of the Armed Forces vis a vis the Queen of the United Kingdom et al, the King of Spain and the King of Norway? I can't think of any other reason why we never seem to see the Willem-Alexander in uniform anymore.
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Old 09-20-2015, 04:48 AM
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Is the King of the Netherlands not Head of the Armed Forces vis a vis the Queen of the United Kingdom et al, the King of Spain and the King of Norway? I can't think of any other reason why we never seem to see the Willem-Alexander in uniform anymore.
Article 42 of the Constitution:
The Government comprises of the King and the ministers.

Article 97 of the Constitution:
The Government has the supreme authority over the armed forces.

In contrary to many of his colleagues, the King is an integral part of Government (art 42). The same Government which holds the supreme authority over the armed forces (art 97). In Dutch eyes it is not possible to be a member of Government ánd to be in the armed forces which is subjected to that Government.

Any Dutch military whom wants to become a member of Government has to lay down all military commissions. That does however not mean that these retired military do not have the right to wear an uniform. The King can wear an uniform if he likes but he clearly makes a difference in events with a military character or a civil event (like Prinsjesdag).

Here King Willem-Alexander wears a naval uniform: the golden galon stripes indicate the rank of an admiral, the royal insignia (an orb crossed with a sceptre and the sword-of-state) shows it is His Majesty The King. See picture.
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