October 20, 2020

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No ride touring and no audience on Prince’s Day

No ride touring and no audience on Prince's Day


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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Méxima will not ride the glass carriage through The Hague city centre on Prince’s Day. Besides, there can be no audience. The municipality of The Hague, the Ministry of Defence and the President of the United General Assembly (Second and First Chambers) call on people not to come to The Hague on 15 September. The decision was taken in consultation with the king as a result of the measures taken against the coronavirus.

It had already been decided that the throne speech should not take place in the Hall of The Knights, but in the Grote Kerk in The Hague. There is more room for ministers and secretaries of state, the 150 members of the House of Representatives and the 75 senators to sit 1.5 meters apart. For the first time since 1904, the so-called United Assembly is not in the Binnenhof.

The army is also playing a smaller role than usual in Prinsjesdag this year. Upon arrival in the Great Church is a military homage, the form of which has yet to be worked out. The area is cordoned off and the public can’t see any of it.