On Tuesday King Willem-Alexander opened the Netherlands' parliamentary year with his traditional Budget Day speech. He talked about the devastation Hurricane Irma left of the Caribbean islands that form part of the Dutch Kingdom, terrorism around the world, the prosecution of those responsible for the MH17 disaster, and making sure that everyone in the Netherlands benefits from the improving economy, among other things.
Only a few ruling dynasties will not be represented at the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander. The Dutch Royal family will welcome an impressive delegation of the remaining monarchies in the world. The most prominent guests are Britain's Prince Charles, the Japanese royal couple and Prince Albert II of Monaco.