Dutch King delivers speech from the Throne

Dutch King delivers speech from the Throne

On 16 September 2014, the Dutch King delivered his Speech from the Throne. The speech sets out the government plans for the coming year.

On Budget Day (Prince’s Day), on the third Tuesday in September, the Dutch government announces its plans for the coming year.

The Dutch King travels in the Golden Coach to the Hall of Knights in The Hague where he reads the Speech from the Throne. Later that day, the Minister of Finance presents the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum to the House of Representatives in the ceremonial briefcase.

King Willem-Alexander presides over the state opening of the Senate and the House of Representatives (the States General) on Budget Day. A task previously performed by his mother, Princess Beatrix. This entails reading the Speech from the Throne in the Hall of Knights. The speech contains the government’s main plans for the coming year.

Madam President, I will shortly present the budget for 2015. A budget that can best be described as “prudent.” Prudent in its additional expenditure. Prudent in the burden it places on individuals and businesses. And prudent in its specific forecasts about the future. Prudence is essential given the current international uncertainties, especially in view of their potential impact on our fragile economic recovery. The government is therefore seeking a balance between restoring purchasing power, reducing financial risks and increasing expenditure, as it must in the light of international tensions.

 

Later that day, the Dutch Minister of Finance presents the House of Representatives with an overview of the costs of the plans announced in the Speech from the Throne. He goes to the House of Representatives with the ceremonial briefcase, where he presents the Dutch National Budget and the Budget Memorandum. These state how much money the government is making available for its various plans for the coming year, and where it is coming from.

On Budget Day King Willem-Alexander travels in the Golden Coach from Noordeinde Palace to the Binnenhof via Lange Voorhout in The Hague.

Queen Wilhelmina was given the Golden Coach in 1890 by the people of Amsterdam. She used it for the first time on the occasion of her wedding in 1901. The Golden Coach has been used on Prince’s Day since 1903.The Golden Coach was also used for the weddings of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard (1937), Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus (1966), Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima (2002) and the christening of Princess Beatrix in 1938.

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