Prince's Day


Prince's Day is the traditional start of the parliamentary year for the Senate and House of Representatives in The Hague. On the third Tuesday in September, King Willem-Alexander will deliver the Speech from the Throne in the Koninklijke Schouwburg in which the government announces its most important plans for the coming year. Prior to the reading of the Speech from the Throne, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will travel in the Glass Carriage, followed by other important members, with a driving tour from Noordeinde Palace via Lange Voorhout to the Koninklijke Schouwburg.

Royal procession

Every third Tuesday in September when the clock strikes one o'clock, the King, normally accompanied by other members of the Royal House, leaves Noordeinde Palace in the Glass Carriage for the Koninklijke Schouwburg, escorted by court dignitaries and a military escort of honour. Outside the palace awaits an escort of honour and a military band.

 

Troonrede

In The Koninklijke Schouwburg the King reads the 'Speech from the Throne', written jointly by the Ministers and Secretaries of State. This troonrede outlines the government's financial plans for the coming year. When the Speech has finished, the escort of honour again forms in The Koninklijke Schouwburg, and the procession returns to Noordeinde Palace where the Royal Family traditionally salutes the gathered crowd from the balcony ('balkonscène').

 

Grandstand seating 

During Prinsjesdag it is possible to experience the driving tour of the Glass Coach from a separate grandstand on the Lange Voorhout. Ticket sales for these grandstand seats can be found on this page. With your ticket you get access to the grandstand including consumption. There are two stands: 

The Orange stand (on the side of Bodega De Posthoorn) - open from 10 a.m. 

The Blue Grandstand (on the side of Hotel Des Indes) - open from 10am. 

Please note: after 11.30 am the Lange Voorhout will be closed and you can no longer cross the road. For safety reasons, backpacks and shopping bags are not allowed in the stands.

For groups larger than 20 persons you can book by sending an email to traveltrade@thehague.com

Program Prinsjesdag 2022 

12:45 - Glass Coach rides from the Royal Stables to Noordeinde Palace 

13:00 - Departure of the royal procession from Noordeinde Palace to the Royal Theater 

13:15 - Speech from the Throne Royal Theater 

13:50 - Glass Coach departs from the Koninklijke Schouwburg towards Noordeinde Palace 

14:00 - Balcony scene Noordeinde Palace 

 

Route Glass Carriage 

Prior to the speech from the throne, a royal procession will pass through The Hague between 13:00 and 13:15. The King and the most important members of the Royal House take a tour with the Glass Coach, which will replace the Golden Coach during the restoration, from Noordeinde Palace via Lange Voorhout to the Koninklijke Schouwburg. 

Noordeinde

Heulstraat 

Kneuterdijk 

Lange Voorhout 

Tournooiveld 

Royal Theater (Koninklijke Schouwburg) 

 

Prinsjesfestival

This year the festivities will already begin in the days leading up to Prince's Day with the Prinsjesfestival. The festivities include:

practice exercise with horses on the Lange Voorhout

Prince's Hatwalk show and market on Lange Voorhout

final run-through for Prince's Day

large-scale exercise with horses on Scheveningen beach

Prinsjesdag concert by the Resident Orchestra

 

Traffic measures

Prior to and on Prince's Day a number of streets in the city centre will be closed to traffic. Visitors are advised to use public transportation or take their bicycle to The Hague.

 

Dates and Times

Tuesday 20 September 12:45 

 

Location

The Hague city centre 

 

Tickets

Tribuneplaatsen om het 

Lange Voorhout € 18,75 

Tribuneplaatsen met DenHaagPas € 16,88

 

More information

https://denhaag.com/nl/agenda/prinsjesdag