Prinsjesdag 2022

  September 22, 2022 at 5:18 pm by

The Dutch Royal Family has celebrated today, Tuesday September 20, 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. This year’s Prinsjesdag was marked by an important debut: for the first time Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, was present at the event.
Also, due to the renovation of the Binnenhof, the usual location of the event, Prinsjesdad took place in the Koninklijke Schouwburg, a theater in the city center of The Hague.
The King and the Queen, along with the Princess of Orange, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, arrived at the Koninklijke Schouwburg at around 13:20.
Princess Beatrix saw the procession of the carriages from the window of the Council of State.
King Willem-Alexander started his speech by saying that “We live in a time of contradictions and uncertainty” due to some challenges that the Netherlands and other countries are facing. The King also stated that the Dutch government is “committed to military and humanitarian support for Ukraine, international sanctions against Russia, and unity and close cooperation in the European Union, NATO and the United Nations. Ukraine has every right to defend itself” adding that the Netherlands and its international partners “must erect a dam” against the erosion of “democracy, sovereignty and freedom”. King Willem-Alexander also talked about the financial problems that come from “the war and the international sanctions against Russia” saying that the government is “looking for the right financial balance”. Climate change, personal care, education, security, justice and equality were also among the topics of his speech. The King ended his speech saying that during these uncertain times it is important to “draw hope and renewed confidence in the knowledge that social renewal in our country is always achieved step by step and through cooperation”.
At around 14:00, the Dutch Royal Family left the Koninklijke Schouwburg heading back to the Noordeinde Palace where the traditional balcony appearance took place.
Queen Máxima wore an ice-grey floor-length dress coat with a “wrap scarf made of air-mesh/neoprene” with matching pumps, clutch and hat. The Princess of Orange wore “a dark green voile dress” matched with pumps, a Fabienne Delvigne’s hat and a clutch. Both hat and clutch were previously worn by the Queen. Princess Laurentien wore a light pink crêpe cady dress from the fashion house Hardies of The Hague. It was paired with a hat decorated with a flower.

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