- Prinsjesdag 2021 seems easy for the cabinet, but: ‘This is really an opportunity for the House’
- The Hague rolls out a runner for the royal couple
- Show Prinsjesdag more positive than in 2020: all signals on green
08.06 – Prinsjesdag starts without pomp at Noordeinde Palace
It is still empty in the streets of The Hague early on Tuesday morning on this Prinsjesdag. The city center is slowly waking up and it is a lot quieter than usual on this day.
The day has also been adjusted this year due to corona. The usual driving tour of the king through The Hague is canceled again. The king will not deliver the speech from the throne in connection with the restrictive corona measures for the second consecutive year in the Ridderzaal on the Binnenhof, but in the Grote Kerk. The municipality has called on people not to come to The Hague.
There are low but clear fences along the Hofvijver on Tuesday to keep the public at a distance, which is not yet visible in any fields or roads. It is still almost dark when the banner of Noordeinde Palace is raised just after 7 a.m.: King Willem-Alexander has arrived at his working palace.
Police officers in the partly cordoned off area of the Grote Kerk on Prinsjesdag.
There is exactly one regular customer in front of the palace, Nico Mourits, who has been at the palace early in the morning on the third Tuesday of September for about 30 years. „No audience, no people dressed in orange and not even Johan Vlemmix from the Feestpartij. You miss the pomp and circumstance. Not even NOS TV director’s cars this year,” says Mourits.
07.17 – Only ministers welcome on behalf of the cabinet
It is not yet clear whether all MPs will come. What is certain is that guests are not allowed to come and that only the ministers come on behalf of the cabinet. Member of Parliament Caroline van der Plas of the BoerBurgerBeweging (BBB) has previously said that she will not attend Prinsjesdag in protest against the outgoing cabinet. She denounced that the press gets to see plans before the House of Representatives.
If the tour had gone ahead, the king and queen would have sat in the Glass Carriage. The Golden Coach, with which the king and his predecessors drove for years from the palace to the Binnenhof on Prinsjesdag, has been in the Amsterdam Museum for some time after a renovation. As of Tuesday, by the way, with an open door, allowing visitors to get a better look at the embroidery-covered interior.
Whether it will be visible on Tuesday remains to be seen; but recently it became known that Queen Máxima has suffered a fracture in her right hand. On Thursday it could be seen that the hand had been splinted when she was at the opening of the national supercomputer Snellius in Amsterdam.
07.07 – This is what the program of Prinsjesdag looks like
The program of Prinsjesdag looks something like this, according to the Government Information Service on Tuesday:
- At noon, the MPs will leave the temporary locations of the Senate and the House of Representatives for the Grote Kerk.
- They will then be seated at 12.45 pm.
- At 1.15 pm, it is planned, the king will leave with the royal party by car from his work palace Noordeinde Palace to the church.
- They will arrive there around 1.20 pm and afterwards the king will deliver the Speech from the Throne.
- At 1.45 pm the MPs return to their own buildings and at 3 pm the Minister of Finance, Wopke Hoekstra, goes to the House of Representatives with the traditional briefcase to present the bill of millions.
At the Grote Kerk, the red carpet in front of the entrance is being finalized on Prinsjesdag.
06.59 – Demonstrations planned for more diversity in politics
Two groups have informed the municipality of The Hague that they want to demonstrate there. A protest is planned on the Plein, next to the Binnenhof, for more women and more diversity in politics. Representatives of youth clubs want to demonstrate against the loan system at the temporary accommodation of the House of Representatives.
Also listen to the podcast Kwestie van Centen with Martin Visser about Prinsjesdag, for example via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify: