Prince's Day is the opening-day of the Dutch Parliament and takes place every year on the third Tuesday of September in the Hague.
The King and Queen ride in the Golden carriage from the Palace to the Hall of Knights
Former Queen, now Princes Beatrix was watching her son passing by in the rain. She is the one in the black dress.
To step out of the carriage with a long dress is always rather difficult for Queen Maxima.
King Willem-Alexander officially opened the new parliamentary year with a speech outlining the government's plan and the butget policies for the year ahead in the 13th century Hall of Knights.
A view of the Hall of Knights with all the parliament members and at the right the King and Queen.
So sad the red carpet didn't reach to the carriage and the beautiful silk, handpainted dress dragged on the wet street when leaving the Hall of Knights. That silly umbrella doesn't help much either. No money in the parliament left for a bigger one?
Back into the Palace the couple waved to the public from the balcony.
I hope you don't think I was a special reporter overthere. I watched the ceremony on television sitting in my warm and dry home with my camera at hand. I like to see the pomp and ceremony once a year and thought maybe you too.