Avid fans of the Dutch Royals braved the early morning cold and mist to make sure they have a good spot along the route the Dutch King and Queen will take from Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal in The Hague for Budget Day. The first spectators arrived at the palace at 6:30 a.m on Tuesday, according to ANP.
King Willem-Alexander was spotted walking the streets of The Hague on Thursday afternoon. He was on his way to Palace Noordeinde by car when a bus broke down and blocked the road. Not wanting to be late for his appointment - a staff reception at the palace in honor of his upcoming 50th birthday - the Dutch King completed the journey by foot, ANP reports.
The reception at the palace for the staff is a tradition around the King's birthday. It also kicks off a week of celebrations for King Willem-Alexander, who turns 50 on April 27th.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will not be making the trip from the Noordeinde Palace, through The Hague and to the Binnenhof in the Golden Carriage this year. Instead the Royals will make their way to the King's Budget Day speech in the Glass Coach.
For the first time ever the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague is open to the public, or to those who bought tickets at least. For the next four Saturdays the 20 thousand ticket holders will be allowed an in-person look at certain areas in the palace.
King Willem-Alexander decided to open the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague to public tours during this summer, the Royal House announced on Friday.
King Willem-Alexander will be swearing in Sharon Dijksma as the new State Secretary of Infrastructure and Environment and Martijn van Dam as the new State Secretary of Economic Affairs at the Palace Noordeinde on Tuesday evening, the Royal House announced.
King Willem-Alexander read the throne speech for the first time this Tuesday in the Hall of Knights in The Hague. In it he spoke, among other things of the chance of recovery in the economy and the disappearance of the welfare state.
The horses that will be used in the royal procession Tuesday from Noordeinde Palace to the Binnenhof on Budget Day are ready for possible disturbances.