On Tuesday September 15, the Dutch Royal Family celebrated the traditional opening of Parliament, Prinsjesdag. King Willem-Alexander was joined by his wife, Queen Máxima, his brother Prince Constantijn and his sister-in-law, Princess Laurentien.
This year, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the ceremony was adjusted: the event took place at the Grote Kerk insted of the Ridderzaal and the balcony scene at Noordeinde Palace was canceled. Their Majesties, along with Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, arrived at the Grote Kerk at around 13:15.
King Willem-Alexander started his speech by thanking “everyone who, in healthcare and elsewhere in society, did everything possible to face the corona crisis. Nurses and cleaners, boas and defense personnel, supermarket employees and people on public transport.” He also expressed his “support and condolences to those who have been affected by corona or who have to miss a loved one.” The King also praised the Dutch because they proved to be strong during this difficult time, adding that “the Netherlands has proven to be responsible, united and flexible. Let us keep it up for as long as it takes.” About the government the King said that “the government is choosing not to make cuts in these uncertain times, but rather to invest in job retention, good public facilities, and a stronger economic structure and a cleaner country now and in the future.”
Queen Maxima wore a yellow silk layered dress by Claes Iversen, previously worn in 2018. It was paired with a matching hair decoration, the gold Knot Clutch by Bottega Veneta and leather gloves.
Princess Laurentien wore a Missoni multicolored knitted long skirt, with matching top and cape. It was paired with a matching headband.
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