Day of the Princes (Prinsjesdag) The Hague Reviews
Day of the Princes (Prinsjesdag): a festive and Royal day Feb 08, 2011
Every year during the third Tuesday of September the new governmental year is opened by the Queen who will read the future plans of the upcoming year (Troonrede) and by the Minister of Finance who presents the budget plans (Miljoenennota).
This event is held in the Throne room in Knight's Hall (Ridderzaal) at the Inner Court (Binnenhof).
Preceding this event the Queen and a part of the Royal family will parade from the Royal Stables of Palace Noordeinde to the Knight's Hall in a Golden Chariot. In this parade they are acompanied by members of all military forces in The Netherlands.
This day is the best chance of seeing the Queen up close in real life! Thousands of people (mostly dressed in orange) come to the city to find a spot alongside the route to catch a glimpse of the Golden Chariot and the Queen.
After the Troonrede the entire parade goes back to the Palace and Royal Stables, so if you miss it the first time, there's always a chance 1 hour later.
When the entire Royal family is back at the Palace they will show themselves to the public and press from the Palace balcony.
But it's hard to find a good spot to see this event, unless you claim your spot early in the morning and stay there for the rest of the day.
Prinsjesdag is almost a magical day to be in the city, lots of happy (orange) people, and a good chance to see the Queen and the Royal family.
Although some people from The Hague may take this opportunity for granted since it happens every year, I know that we have to appreciate the openness of The Queen and The Royal family, because compared to other monarchies, this is a rare situation.
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