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17 Sep

Prinsjesdag 2019 (Prince’s Day)

Take in the pomp and circumstance of this year’s Prinsjesdag on Tuesday, 17 September, the official opening of Dutch parliament.

A festive day, children in The Hague are free from school so they may watch the procession of the Gouden Koets (Golden Coach). The King and Queen are driven in the Golden Coach from Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights) in the Binnenhof, which houses the Dutch Parliament.

While the Golden Coach is being restored, it will be replaced by the Glass Coach in the coming years for ceremonial functions.

Troonrede

In the Ridderzaal the King reads the ‘Speech from the Throne’, written jointly by the Ministers and Secretaries of State. This troonrede outlines the government’s financial plans for the coming year. As the procession returns to Noordeinde Palace, the road is lined with members of the Dutch Royal Armed Forces. In the afternoon the Royal Family appears on the palace balcony to address an adoring and often frenzied crowd (balkonscène).

Stake out a spot

The procession route runs this year from Noordeinde Palace via the Heulstraat, Kneuterdijk, Lange Voorhout, Tournooiveld and the Korte Vijverberg to the Binnenhof where it stops in front of the Ridderzaal. The King and his family depart from Noordeinde Palace at approximately 13.00 hrs. and then the procession begins. He departs again from the Ridderzaal at 14.00 hrs. for Noordeinde Palace where the balkonscène then takes place.

You can view the route of the Glass Coach on the website www.rijksoverheid.nl.

Grandstands

There is no charge for watching the Glass Coach proceed along its route, but the best views are from one of the grandstands along the Lange Voorhout. You can book tickets and arrangements at the Tourist Information Centre (VVV) in The Hague. More information at www.denhaag.com.

Prinsjesdag Den Haag

This year the festivities will already begin in the days leading up to Prinsjesdag from 10 to 17 September with the Prinsjesfestival. Other festivities include:

  • practice exercise with 50 horses on the Lange Voorhout
  • Prince's Hatwalk show and market on Lange Voorhout
  • final run-through for Prinsjesdag
  • large-scale exercise with horses on Scheveningen beach
  • Prinsjesdag procession
  • Prinsjesdag concert in the Zuiderstrandtheater

Visit denhaag.com for more information about the programme.

Traffic measures

Prior to and on Prinsjesdag a number of streets in the city centre will be closed to traffic. Visitors are advised to use public transportation or take their bicycle to The Hague. Read more under traffic measures during Prinsjesdag.