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Marengo 09-04-2009 03:46 AM

Prinsjesdag 2009
On September 15th Her Majesty The Queen accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima,
Prince Constantijn & Princess Laurentien,Princess Margriet and van Vollenhoven, will read the Speech from the Throne.Hall of Knights,The Hague.

The previous ones:

Prinsjesdag 2008

Prinsjesdag 2007

Prinsjesdag 2006

Prinsjesdag 2005

Prinsjesdag 2004

Prinsjesdag 2003

Marengo 09-04-2009 03:47 AM

Information about the day from this wikipedia site:


Prinsjesdag (in English: Day of the Princelings) is the day on which the Queen addresses a joint session of the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament in the Ridderzaal or Hall of Knights in The Hague. The Speech from the Throne (Dutch: Troonrede) sets out the main features of government policy for the coming parliamentary session. The occasion is prescribed by the constitution, article 65 of which states:
A statement of the policy to be pursued by the Government shall be given by or on behalf of the King before a joint session of the two Houses of the States General that shall be held every year on the third Tuesday in September or on such earlier date as may be prescribed by Act of Parliament.

Speech from the Throne

The first part of Prinsjesdag is the Speech from the Throne at the assembly of the States-General in the Ridderzaal.
At around 12:30 on Prinsjesdag, the members of the Senate and House of Representatives enter the Ridderzaal.
They sit opposite and to the left and right of the throne. The ministers and state secretaries sit to the left of the throne. Behind them sit members of the Council of State, the government’s highest advisory body. They all sit in the enceinte, an area enclosed by unobtrusive wooden barriers symbolising that the head of state is in conference with Parliament.
Outside the enceinte are seats for the other High Councils of State, senior civil servants, high-ranking officers of the armed forces, senior members of the judiciary, the Queen’s Commissioner of the province of South Holland, the mayor of The Hague and specially invited guests.

At the stroke of one, the Queen, normally accompanied by other members of the Royal House, leaves Noordeinde Palace in the Golden Carriage for the Binnenhof, escorted by court dignitaries and a military escort of honour. Outside the palace stand an escort of honour and a military band. During the procession, salutes are fired at one-minute intervals to let the people know that the head of state is on her way to the joint session of the States- General.
As the Queen arrives at the Binnenhof, a band by the steps strikes up the Wilhelmus (national anthem). The Queen and other members of the Royal House salute the flag and mount the Ridderzaal’s steps, above which hangs a canopy.
The president of the Senate presides over the joint session. Shortly before 13:00, he opens the meeting and then appoints a number of ushers from among the members of the two Houses to escort the Queen and her entourage. On this occasion, male MPs wear their most formal dress, while female MPs try to outdo each other with extravagant hats.
The ushers receive the Queen and the members of the Royal House at the entrance to the Ridderzaal. The president of the joint session then announces the arrival of the head of state: a signal for all those present to stand. The Queen then proceeds to the throne, from where she delivers her Speech from the Throne. In her capacity of (formal) head of the Government she announces the plans for the new parliamentary year. The Queen's Speech is not written by the Queen, but by the Prime Minister and the cabinet.
When the Speech is finished, the speaker of the Eerste Kamer proclaims "Long live the Queen!" which is answered by everyone present with "Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!". This brings an end to the joint session of the two houses. The ushers escort the Queen and members of the Royal House to the door. The president then closes the session.
When the Queen leaves the Ridderzaal, the escort of honour again forms in the Binnenhof, and the procession returns to Noordeinde Palace where she traditionally salutes the gathered crowd from the balcony.

Proposal of the next year's budget

After lunch, the Minister of Finance proposes the next year's national budget and the Budget Memorandum to the Tweede Kamer. The offered budget is carried in a special suit-case which has printed on it in Dutch: "Third Tuesday of September", but due to the size of the suit-case, it is likely it only contains only a part of the entire memorandum.
The presentation is followed by a cycle of parliamentary debates on the budget. These are called the algemene beschouwingen. It is the most important moment for parliamentary policy making, as MPs can amend the budget to finance specific plans.


In the 18th century, Prinsjesdag was one of the country's most popular public holidays and was originally used to celebrate the 8 March birthday of Prince William V.
Between 1780 and 1797 — known as the Patriot era — the day was used for demonstrations of loyalty to the House of Orange, which is probably why the name was chosen in the 19th century for the ceremonial opening of parliament.
Historically, the constitution has stated that the opening of parliament should take place on a fixed date and in line with a constitutional revision in 1887, it was decided to hold the opening on the third Tuesday in September.
The opening of parliament was originally held on the first Monday in November in the first half of the 19th century and then the third Monday in October, but when a constitutional revision introduced annual budgets in 1848, more time was needed to debate the budget, so the date was brought forward a month.
Monday was considered inappropriate, because many parliamentarians in distant parts of the country needed to leave their homes on Sunday to make it to The Hague in time, so the 1887 revision moved Prinsjesdag to Tuesday.
Throughout the years 1815 to 1904, the speech from the throne was given in the assembly room of the Lower House of Parliament, or Tweede Kamer, but was moved back to the Hall of Knights after an extensive restoration of the building at the start of the 20th century.
The pomp and circumstance is still very much part of the day.

lucien 09-08-2009 08:18 AM

Ahead of Prinsjesdag,one week from today:

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courtesy Royalimages.:smile:

Jacknch 09-08-2009 10:05 AM

I'm looking forward to Prinsjesdag - I always like the Dutch way of doing things and it is one of great traditional yearly events to show off some pageantry! It is also perhaps the most important event in a constitutional monarch's diary!

Zonk 09-08-2009 10:10 AM

I always nice to see the pagentry displayed by the Dutch on this day. I reviewed some of the old threads. Its going to be interesting to see what the Royal ladies will wear. Margriet will be stunning as always, Maxima seems to have an on/off year with last year being a little off IMO so we should get a great dress this year, Laurentien will push the envelope yet again and Beatrix will look Majestic!

Turkish Delight 09-12-2009 10:18 AM

Nieuwsberichten Prinsjesdag extra streng beveiligd

sgl 09-12-2009 10:38 AM

I would guess that security will probably be extra tight this year. I do hope that the Queen continues the tradition of arriving in the carriage. I love seeing the photos of the Queen in her carriage.

lucien 09-14-2009 12:13 PM

The annual training and test for the horses in service on Prinsjesdag took place at the beach of Scheveningen yesterday

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courtesy Royalimages

courtesy ppe

queenofthelight 09-14-2009 12:17 PM

The photos are so magical.

Courtesy of PPE.

PPE Agency

lucien 09-15-2009 12:44 AM

Oh dear,it is a very rainy start of the day here,hope the famous "Orange sun" will break through in time before the Royal procession leaves Noordeinde Palace early this always does on haydays of the Monarchy,no matter what weather the day starts with,the sun comes out in time but looking outside now....:ohmy:

You will see the Royal procession leaving the Palace,the procession consists of:

The Royal Military Band Johan Willem Friso

The Commander of the Royal Guards Regiments Grenadiers and Hunters

The Banner-Guard of the Royal Guards Regiments Grenadiers and Hunters

Honorary Bataljon of the Royal Guards Regiments

Mounted Banner Guard of the Royal Constabulary Force

Honorary Escort of the Royal Constabulary Force

Mounted Banner Guard of the Cavalry

Honorary Escort of the Cavalry 1st Platoon Cavalry

Equerry in Chief,two coachmen

First carriage:

Drs.W.N.Cosijn,Master of Ceremonies
Ir.E.H. Baron van Tuyll van Serooskerken

The second carriage will hold:

HE drs.M.Hennis,Grandmaster of the Court
HE van Loon-Labouchere,Grandmistress of the Court

Honorary Escort National Police Services 1st Platoon

The Gala Glassberline:

His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn
Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien
Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet van Vollenhoven

Escorting Adjutants of Her Majesty The Queen:
Lft-Colonel Hermans
Lft-Colonel Lukken

2e Platoon Honorary Escort National Police Services

Crown Equerry:Colonel of the Royal Constabulary Force,G.E.Wassenaar

Golden Coach:
Her Majesty The Queen
His Royal Highness The Prince of Orange
Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima

Escorting Adjutants of Her Majesty The Queen:

Captain-Lft. at Sea,Mrs.J.C.M. van der Meulen
Lft-Colonel P.A.Maarse

Adjutant-General and Chief of the Military House of Her Majesty The Queen,HE H.Morsink

Honorary Escort of the Cavalry 2nd Platoon



The Royal Guards Regiments Grenadiers and Hunters are the oldest regiments in the Royal Army
and were founded as the personal life guards by HM King Willem I.Since that time they have a very strong
connection with the Royal House.
At present the Regiments consist of men and women on service abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan and other troublesome destinations worldwide.

The first spectators have already arrived early this morning,come rain come shine....

For enhancing extra security,large concrete flowerpots have been placed along the entire route of the Royal procession:

Hall of Knights yesterday,cleaning and a-fixin...:

courtesy Royalimages

lucien 09-15-2009 06:40 AM

For all our Fellow Forum members abroad,Live stream now:

NOS | Politiek 24

lucien 09-15-2009 07:03 AM

I think all Royal Ladies look splendid,at least from what I saw as they left the Palace,HM is red-pinkish,Máxima dito,Margriet in beautifull blue and Laurentien rather dark but very chic.

carlota 09-15-2009 07:16 AM

i hope we get pictures soon :)
i love prinsjesdag, i guess it will have a special meaning this year after the tragic events on queen's day.

rubies 09-15-2009 08:19 AM

I just caught the end of the live feed. Maxima looks smashing as do Her Majesty and the other Royal ladies. It looks cold out. I agree that this year is special to the Dutch people and the Queen.

lucien 09-15-2009 08:20 AM

The Hague this afternoon

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Courtesy Royalimages

courtesy PPE

queenofthelight 09-15-2009 09:30 AM

Courtesy of Belga.:flowers:

Queen Beatrix speaks during the annual opening of parliament at the Ridderzaal, the house of parliament in The Hague, The Netherlands (15/09/ 2009).:smile:

BelgaPicture - Category details

carlota 09-15-2009 10:26 AM

great pictures, maxima was the absolute star of the day!

ahtikavalentine 09-15-2009 11:27 AM


Lumutqueen 09-15-2009 01:32 PM


Originally Posted by queenofthelight (Post 991540)
The photos are so magical.

Courtesy of PPE.

PPE Agency

The are magical pictures. I always think that this and the opening of Parliament in the UK, and the New Years Court in Denmark are the hightlight of the royal year. So stately, and royal in my mind. Everyone looks beautiful aswell. :smile:

ashelen 09-15-2009 03:03 PM

wow! they do not stop! just arriving fron new york, and it does not look on them the change of hours have affect them, they look marvellous! I am not crazy about the dress or hair piece but overall she looks great specially after such an hectic agenda in new york and a long flight too!

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