The Dutch Royal Family has celebrated today, Tuesday September 18, the official opening of the parliament, Prinsjesdag.
King Willem-Alexander was joined by his wife, Queen Máxima, his brother Prince Constantijn and his sister-in-law, Princess Laurentien. The Dutch Royals left Noordeinde Palace at around 13:00 heading to the Knight’s Hall in the Glass Carriage through the streets of The Hague.
Dutch Queen Maxima & King Willem-Alexander, Princess Laurentien & Prince Constantijn at the balcony of Palace Noordeinde during Prinsjesdag 2018 #Prinsjesdag2018 #Prinsjesdag #dutchroyals #Royals #Noordeinde #Palace #Openingparlement #King #Queen #Kingdom #Netherlands pic.twitter.com/8UlHP2Y1SW
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Princess Beatrix saw the procession of the carriages from the window of the Royal Cabinet. This year were also present the Queen’s mother and brother, Maria del Carmen and Juan.
— Vorsten (@VorstenNL) September 18, 2018
In his speech the King said that “In 2019 the economy is set to grow for the sixth successive year” and he added: “More people should have a tangible sense that things are going well: at home, at work and in their neighbourhood”. The King also stated that “The government will launch initiatives to combat loneliness among the elderly and give vulnerable groups a firmer footing in society” and he stressed the importance of a favourable economic situation to provide “an opportunity to strengthen and modernise our country’s socioeconomic structure”.
Talking about the European Union the King stated that “2019 will be a busy year, with the appointment of a new European Commission and a Brexit outcome that is still uncertain. The Dutch government will continue promoting a positive agenda for a better EU which concentrates on the essentials and sticks to its agreements”.
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King Willem-Alexander also mentioned the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, saying that “the reconstruction of St Maarten, St Eustatius and Saba is a high priority after two devastating earthquakes in 2017. In the next few years, over €600 million will be made available for this purpose”.
At around 14:00, the Dutch Royal Family left the Ridderzaal heading back to the Noordeinde Palace where the traditional balcony appearance took place.
Queen Maxima wore a muslin dress in various pastel colors from the Italian designer Luisa Beccaria from their Fall-Winter 2016/2017 collection. It was paired with a matching Sisal hat with flowers and feathers decoration.
Princess Laurentien wore a deux-pieces, a sleeveless frock completed by a long robe manteau from the Hague Fashion House Hardies. The fabric is inspired by a traditional Venetian damask. It was paired with a matching hat from the Dutch brand Eudia.
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Vanaf het balkon van paleis Noordeinde zwaaien Willem-Alexander, Máxima, Constantijn en Laurentien naar het publiek. Straks biedt de minister van Financiën de Miljoenennota en de Rijksbegroting aan de Tweede Kamer aan. #blauwbloed pic.twitter.com/eRtAu8lozf
— Blauw Bloed (@BlauwBloedtv) September 18, 2018