The third Tuesday of September is in the Netherlands traditional the opening of the new parliamentary year when the government budget is presented. I was not there but watched televison and tried to make some pictures. So you must excuse me for the blurry quality, but I wanted to show you anyway because it is quite a spectacle. This is the "Binnenhof", the government area in the Hague with left the "Ridderzaal",( Knight's Hall) where we have the opening of the States General and the Kings' Speech.
This day is all traditions with great pomp and ceremony which is funny to watch, like you are stepping back in time.The King and Queen ride in a "Golden Carriage" drawn by eight horses.
The driver balances high up to drive the horses.
And here they go.
To get out of a carriage is a bit wobbly.
In the "Knights Hall" our new King Willem Alexander had his speech for the first time, which he did very well. Only the message of the government was not so well, still crisis here and lots of unemployed people.
Relieved that their first "Prince's Day" went well Queen Maxima and King Willem Alexander appeared on the balcony of the Palace to wave to the audience.