Prinsjesdag 2020: different programme and traffic measures

Published: 14 September 2020Modified: 14 September 2020

Tuesday, 15 September is Prinsjesdag: the opening of the new parliamentary year. This year King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will be driven in a car to the Grote Kerk. There will not be a procession in the Glass Coach. The programme has been altered considerably due to the coronavirus measures and it will not be visible to the public.

Due to the coronavirus measures it is not possible to hold the programme in the Binnenhof. The Ridderzaal is too small to provide 1.5 metres of space between visitors. For this reason the King will give the Speech from the Throne from the Grote Kerk (Sint-Jacobskerk) this year.  

The area around the Grote Kerk will be closed to the public. It will not be possible to see the arrival of the royal couple and guests or the ceremony. The area will be sealed off by fences and screens.

Traffic measures

On Tuesday, 15 September there will be a ban on parking from 6.00 to 16.00 hrs. at the following locations in the downtown area:

  • Prinsestraat from the Nobelstraat to the Kerkplein
  • Torenstraat between the Agnietenpad and Westeinde
  • Westeinde between the Vleerstraat and the Torenstraat / Jan Hendrikstraat.

Homes, shops and business will remain accessible as usual. The roads will also remain open to cyclists and pedestrians.  

  • Monday night the Jan Hendrikstraat and the Torenstraat will be closed to vehicular traffic. The roads will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.

  • There will be parking ban for bicycles and mopeds around the Grote Kerk as of Monday, 14 September at 17.00 hrs.

Public transport

Tram 16 will operate an alternate route between the Groot Hertoginnelaan and Leeghwaterplein stops, using the route of Tram 3, 4 and 11. Tram 1 (from Delft) will ride from the Hollands Spoor station via the Weteringkade, Lekstraat, Centraal Station/Schedeldoekshaven, Kalvermarkt to the Spui and from the Bierkade back to Delft. Look for more information on