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The Watcher 09-17-2005 05:57 AM

Prinsjesdag 2005
Tuesday 20 September the Queen will drive in her Golden Coach to "Het Binnenhof" for the opening of the Parliamentary Year. Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Máxima, Princes Constantijn, Princess Laurentien, Princess Margriet and Mr.Pieter van Vollenhoven will accompagny her.


State Opening of Parliament (Prinsjesdag)

On Prinsjesdag, the Queen delivers her Speech from the Throne to a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives.

The speech sets out the government's plans for the coming year. Article 65 of the Constitution refers to the Speech from the Throne as follows: “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.”

The Constitution does not stipulate the speech’s length, content or order, which may vary from year to year.

The most recent Speeches from the Throne: 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999.

Procession of the Golden Coach

On the stroke of one, the Queen, normally accompanied by other members of the Royal House, leaves Noordeinde Palace 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.

The Queen travels to the Binnenhof in the Golden Coach. 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” (see 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.


Those present

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.

Ceremony in the Ridderzaal

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.

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.

“Long live the Queen”

After the Queen’s closing words, the president cries “Long live the Queen”, which is followed by three cheers from everyone present. The first time this happened was in 1897, when the young Wilhelmina accompanied her mother, Queen Regent Emma.

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.

The Watcher 09-17-2005 06:26 AM

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Prinsjesdag (source: ANP and Fotomarktplatz)

liv 09-17-2005 06:36 AM

Perhaps we can see one of those "hat"creations on the head of one lovely Dutch princess.:)

The Watcher 09-19-2005 01:11 PM

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Preparations for tomorrow

sara1981 09-19-2005 01:48 PM

have more pictures of Royals this years includes HM Queen and couples Crown couples,Princes Constantijn, Princess Laurentien, and i would like see new outfit of Royals ladies!

Sara Boyce

Maxie 09-19-2005 02:11 PM

I will be watching again tomorrow! Hope to see some really lovely outfits! But one never knows... :-)

Squidgy 09-20-2005 07:24 AM

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... Some pictures of people who are definately in good spirit for Prinsjesdag ...

Photos: ANP

Ephram 09-20-2005 07:48 AM

Everyone is able to watch the ceremony at:-

liv 09-20-2005 07:57 AM

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First pictures:(ANP)

liv 09-20-2005 08:05 AM

Laurentien in light blue I would say,Margriet in gold,Maxima in brown and Beatrix in grey.

HMQueenElizabethII 09-20-2005 09:24 AM

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I have just found some other photos from GREMB:

Mandy 09-20-2005 09:31 AM

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A picture of Maxima from ANP. It's difficult to assess the colour of her outfit, but it looks almost orange.

HMQueenElizabethII 09-20-2005 09:34 AM

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Some other more photos of The Queen from Polfoto:

GrandDuchess 09-20-2005 09:40 AM

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Here are a few from Seegerpress.

HMQueenElizabethII 09-20-2005 09:45 AM

Thanks for your lovely pics, GrandDuchess.Does anyone know why do The Queen, Princess Maxima and Princess Margriet wear sashes in blue colour but Princess Laurentien in orange/ yellow?

samitude 09-20-2005 09:50 AM

I think it's because Margriet and Maxima are princesses in their own right. Laurentien is called "princess" because she's married to a prince. It's kind of a courtesy title like "Mrs." when a lady is married.

nokklav 09-20-2005 09:55 AM

u mean maxima is a princess in her own right since she's married to a crown prince and laurentine is not because her husband is not the crown prince?

liv 09-20-2005 09:57 AM

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Maxima::) anp

liv 09-20-2005 09:59 AM

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one more of maxima:

liv 09-20-2005 10:06 AM

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the first groupe pictures: anp

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