On Prinsjesdag – the State Opening of Parliament on the third Tuesday in September – the King delivers the Speech from the Throne. In this speech, the government outlines its plans for the coming year and reflects on the current situation in the Netherlands.

The activities to mark Prinsjesdag will be different this year as a result of measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Joint Session of the two Houses of the States General will be held in the Grote Kerk in The Hague instead of in the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights). The customary carriage procession of His Majesty the King and the royal party will not go ahead, and military ceremonial at the Grote Kerk and Noordeinde Palace will be very limited.

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The Hague, 18 September 2018: (From left to right) Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien, Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander.