Queen Maxima Prinsjesdag 2020
NETHERLANDS

QUEEN MÁXIMA AND KING WILLEM ALEXANDER AT PRINSJESDAG 2020

Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands attended the annual opening of the parliamentary year Prinsjesdag (English: Little Prince Day) at Great or St. James’ Church (Dutch: de Grote Kerk or de Sint-Jacobskerk), a landmark Protestant church in The Hague, Netherlands on September 15, 2020.

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Prinsjesdag (English: Little Prince Day) is the day on which the reigning monarch of the Netherlands addresses a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives to give the speech from the throne (Dutch: Troonrede); setting out the main features of government policy for the coming parliamentary session.

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Their Majesties were joined by Prince Constantijn (The King’s brother) and his wife Princess Laurentien.

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At Prinsjesdag, King Willem-Alexander gave the speech from the Throne 2020.

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Members of the States General,

I will never forget the Remembrance Day ceremony of 4 May 2020. It was simultaneously unreal and somehow hyperreal: an almost-empty Dam Square, the silence even more deafening than usual, and the knowledge that the celebration of 75 years of freedom would necessarily be more modest than envisaged. Because of coronavirus, everything this spring was suddenly different. A difference that’s also palpable at this year’s alternative Prinsjesdag, the state opening of parliament, held at a metre-and-a-half’s distance, not in the Knights Hall, with fewer people, less pageantry, and less red, white and blue.

I’d like to express my admiration and gratitude to all the healthcare workers and everyone else in our society who has done all they can to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. Nurses and cleaners, special enforcement officers and military personnel, supermarket staff and public transport workers. I’d also like to express my support and sympathy to everyone who has contracted COVID-19, or has lost a loved one. But even for those who haven’t been ill or lost someone, the impact has been enormous…

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This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prinsjesdag is without the carriage ride and took place at the Great or St. James’ Church to create more space for the members of parliament. Normally the activities were held at the Ridderzaal (English: Hall of Knights).

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Royal Fashion: Queen Máxima

Queen Maxima wore a dress from Claes Iversen Ruffles Elbow Sleeve Gown in Yellow, Fabienne Delvigne Charme Hairpiece in Gold and Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Knot Long Clutch in Gold.

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Royal Fashion: Princess Laurentien

Princess Laurentien wore Missoni Knitted Lamé Long Skirt in Blue and Black Patterned Missoni Knitted Lamé Sleeveless Top in Blue and Black Patterned.

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