The Hague, Netherlands. Sept 19th: As is traditional in the Hague, on the third Tuesday of September, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, today September 19, on Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day), proclaimed the throne in the Knight Hall and the balcony scene at Noordeinde Palace. In a ceremonial budget speech which The Dutch King uses annually to open the parliamentary year he said the Dutch economy is forecast to grow by a robust 3.3 percent this year and 2.5 percent in 2018.
The speech (written by the government) contained no major policy announcements as the two-party government has been in caretaker mode since elections in March and Prime Minister Mark Rutte is still in negotiations to form a new coalition.
However, the king said the government would invest more in intelligence agencies, counterterrorism and cybersecurity. It will also set aside money to fund the possible prosecution in Dutch courts of suspects in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 killing all 298 people – many of them Dutch – on board.
Prior to this festive day, all kinds of extra activities were organized in Hofstad The Hague. From the PrinsjesHatwalk on the Lange Voorhout to the spectacular beach practice of the Cavalry Ere-Escort in Scheveningen.
The Prince’s Day weekend began with an extensive program of activities on Saturday, September 16th, including the Prince Mark and PrinsjesHatwalk. On Monday, the day before Prince’s Day, as usual, the spectacular exercise of the Cavalry Ere-Escort was held on the beach of Scheveningen.
Tuesday 19 September, of course, Prinsjesdag itself beagn at 12:45 am local time with the the driving tour of the Glass Carriage and ending with the traditional the Prince’s Day concert in the evening.
Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day)
Prinsjesdag is the traditional start of the parliamentary year for the First and Second Chamber in The Hague. On the third Tuesday in September, King Willem-Alexander in the Ridderzaal announces the throne in which the government announces its most important plans for the coming year. Prior to reading the throne King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima draw in the Golden cq. Glazen Koets, followed by other important members, with a ride from the Noordeinde Palace via the Lange Voorhout to the Binnenhof.
Before the throne, a royal procession runs through The Hague between 13:00 and 13:15. The King and the main members of the Royal House make a ride with the Glass Carriage, which replaces the Golden Carriage during restoration, from Noordeinde Palace through the Lange Voorhout to the Ridderzaal at the Binnenhof.
The usual route has been in use since 1925, when it was no longer possible to continue under the Stadhouderspoort at the front of the Binnenhof by an elevation of the street. The glass carriage is now entering the Binnenhof via the Mauritspoort and the Binnenpoort Binnenhof. During the traditional ride, a sales slide is fired every minute by the battery 11th Riding Artillery Division (Yellow Drivers) on the Malieveld. Composition royal stud
The royal procession consists of:
Royal Military Chapel ‘Johan Willem Friso’
Honorary Compagnie Garderegiment Grenadiers and Hunters with banner and banner guard
Rope Ere Escort Royal Marechaussee with standard and standard guard
Rope Ere-Escorte Cavalry with standard and standard guard
Rijknecht-majoor of the Royal Parliament with two riches
Galacoupé with ZM de King’s Chamberlain and Ceremony Master
Galaberline with Grandmaster and Grandmaster of ZM the King
Eight Escort of the National Police with Standard
Galaglasberline with Prince Constantine and Princess Laurentien
Ere-Escort of the National Police
Glass Coat with King William Alexander and Queen Máxima
Red Ere-Escort Cavalry
At 13:50 the Royal Family departs by glass carriage to Noordeinde Palace. After King Willem-Alexander and the other members of the Royal House have returned to Palace Noordeinde, around 14:00, the balcony scene will be celebrating the royal family on the balcony by the people. This security scene was introduced for security reasons in the 1960s. Previously, when the weather took place during Prince’s Day, the family crossed into an open-air carriage traveling through The Hague with horse-drawn horses after returning to the Palace of the Glass Carriage. History Prinsjesdag
The word ‘Prinsjesdag’ was used in the 17th and 18th centuries for the celebration of the birthdays of the Prince of Orange. Especially those of City Prince Prins Willem V led to major public festivals. That also happened to his son when he was captured in 1813 by an excited population after his exile and crowned the king. People are going to use the word ‘Prince’s Day’ for every festive event of an Orange. Birthdays, weddings and thus also for the opening of the States-General. Gold carriage replaced by glass carriage
The Golden Coat has been used for Prince’s Day since 1912. Before that time, the glass cart was used, which normally serves the general rehearsal of Prince’s Day. Due to the great restoration of the Golden Carriage, this will be replaced by the Glass Carriage in the coming years.
The Glass Carriage is the pride of the Royal Stade Department, and that’s not for nothing. The Glass Carriage is the oldest carriage from the Royal House and is only used on special occasions. For example, the carriage was seen by the marriage of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard and the marriage of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus.
King Willem I ordered the glass carriage in 1821 at Brussels car builder Pierre Simons who delivered the carriage in 1826. The glass cart provided by Willem I combines outstanding practical and ceremonial functions. The car was technically speaking the absolute top in the carriage industry. The rich decorations provided the right status to the royal user and the national and royal symbolism, which was widely and varied in and on the carriage, could make it difficult for the public to escape.
Photo: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, September 19, on Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day)
The strikingly large carriage has a simply shaped dark blue cabinet that is deposited with a wide gilded list of laurel and oak leaves. The name of the carriage comes from the glass that protects the beautiful but delicate ornament edge that is placed under the windows on the cabinet’s cabinet. The interior is lined with purple and beige velvet and embroidered passages, the seat cushions are filled with a horse hair filling. The sky is made of embroidered beige and sky blue silk.