Prinsjesdag

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 | 0 comments


Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day) is held on the 3rd Tuesday of September every year. This is an important day in the Netherlands and we’ll be celebrating it by having some desserts fit for royalty on special.

It is the opening of Dutch parliament and is a festive day with a procession of the Gouden Koets taking the King from the Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights) in the Binnehof which houses the Dutch Parliament.

When the Speech is finished, the speaker of the Senate proclaims “‘Leve de koning!” (“Long live the King!”) which is answered by everyone present with “Hoera! Hoera! Hoera!” This brings an end to the joint session of the two houses. The ushers escort the King and members of the Royal House to the door. The president then closes the session.

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When the King leaves the Ridderzaal, the escort of honour again forms in the Binnenhof, and the procession returns to Noordeinde Palace where he traditionally salutes the gathered crowd from the balcony.

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