Today was an important day in the Netherlands. It’s the third Tuesday in September, commonly known as “Prinsjesdag” (the Prince’s Day). Even though it has nothing to do with our current princes, lol.
This day is all about the annual official opening of Parliament, with the Queen reading the so-called “Troonrede” (Speech from the Throne, or the Queen’s Speech).
It’s a speech in which she tells what the government is planning to do in the next year.
The speech is held at the “Troonzaal” (the Throne Room) where the queen arrives in the Golden Carriage
This year was a bit strange. Officially we do not have a government yet, as the political party’s involved are still in the middle of negotiating. So the old government, which is holding the fort so to speak, has written a general outline as to what they think should be done. Of course, with the new government in place, some things will change for sure.
Nevertheless, it’s an old tradition and we love it … especially the involvement of the Queen and her family.
It all looks like a fairy tale.
Life as a Royal is not a fairy tale for our future king and queen either. Prince Willem-Alexander and princess Maxima both have very busy schedules, even though Maxima tries to be at home as much as possible to be with their three daughters.
Today however they were with the Queen all morning and most of the afternoon.
In an interview they told the reporter they lived a life like every family with two jobs. Planning, rushing from here to there and eating microwave meals …
And, as princess Maxima told us, she also tries to be involved in school activities with the children as much as possible, being a “lunch-mom” and being part of a carpool system and driving several kids from home to school and vice versa a few times a week.
It all looks like a fairy tale but real life is real life … even when you are a royal. At least here in the Netherlands.
The whole Royal Family, waving from Queen Beatrix’ palace balcony.