History In The Making…

Today, on the third Tuesday in September, the parliamentary year will be opened. The difference with last year is, it will be opened by the King. The last king who did that job died in November 1890, so it took 123 years, a regent and three queens to do it in the mean time.
TheHague-Ridderzaal-1900
At 1 pm HRH king Willem-Alexander and his wife queen Maxima will leave Palace Noordeinde, situated in the middle of The Hague, in the Golden Carriage [a gift from the people of Amsterdam to Queen Wilhelmina in 1898], to travel to the Ridderzaal [Knights Hall] on Binnenhof [Inner Court].

In the hall he’ll address the members of the States General with his first Speech from the Throne [troonrede].

The photo above is a view of the Ridderzaal circa 1900. The hall and Inner Court is from the 13th century, and are the oldest still in use parliamentary buildings.

See also these posts from 2008, 2010 and 2011 part 1, part 2

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