Prinsjesdag 2018

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, accompanied by Queen Máxima, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, gave the annual Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day or Budget Day) speech to the Dutch Parliament to outline the government’s agenda for the coming session on September 18th in the Hague.  

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima rode in the Glass Carriage from Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights), followed by Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien in another carriage, being watched by Princess Beatrix from the window of a building. Upon arrival, the King and Queen were welcomed by officials before making their way to the Hall, where the King Willem-Alexander delivered his annual Budget Speech to the Parliament (read HERE), outlining the government’s agenda for the coming session. Queen Maxima’s mother and brother were also [resent. Afterwards, the Royal Couples returned in the carriages to Noordeinde Palace, where they waved from the balcony to the crowds assembled below.

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King Willem-Alexander wore Morning Dress with the miniature pin of the Military William Order, the highest honour of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Queen Maxima wore a Luisa Beccaria gown and coordinating hat with her diamond tassel earrings, Modern bow brooch, and the Sash and Star of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, her highest Dutch honour.

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Prince Constantijn wore Morning Dress with the miniature pin of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. Princess Laurentien wore a teal Hardies Couture gown and coordinating hat with Queen Juliana’s briolette aquamarine and diamond earrings, a diamond crescent brooch, and the Sash and Star of the Order of the House of Orange, her highest Dutch honour.

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3 thoughts on “Prinsjesdag 2018

  1. I don’t know how, but for once I think Princess Laurentien was better dressed that Queen Maxima. The Queen’s dress was too involved with the long sleeves, high gathered neckline, and multiple layers of different colors of fabric. It just had too many things going on, including the gloves. Princess Laurentien’s dress on the other hand was elegant and classic and in a very flattering color. Even her hat was better! Maybe some other occasion where there are no hats or gloves involved Queen Maxima’s dress will have a chance to shine.

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    1. I thought the exact same thing! Queen Maxima also looked quite down, so her look was probably not the only issue thing today! The look was underwhelming, and she had none of the statement jewels we have come to expect from Prinsjesdag!

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      1. You’re right. She did look quite downcast, even if she smiled when she was at the balcony. You said in the article that her mother and brother were there. I’ve no doubt that in spite of the appearance of “business as usual”, she was very much affected by her little sister’s death. Her family is there to lend support as well as to give it. Family is so important at a time like this. It’s true that she also lost her father not long ago, but he had been ill for some time and he was an older gentleman. Her young sister’s death by her own hand no doubt has her questioning herself- could I have done more? It’s always sad to hear about someone’s suicide, but I think it’s a whole other matter when it’s someone as close to you as you little sister. I feel sorry that Queen Maxima’s multiple obligations don’t allow her the proper time for her to mourn.

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