The British monarchy is famed the world over for pageantry such as Trooping The Colour, but it seems the royal family of The Netherlands is equally skilled at putting on an opulent display.
The third Tuesday in September is a day of pomp and pageantry in the Netherlands, marking the opening of the new parliamentary session, with King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima leading the festivities.
The royal couple arrived for Prinsjesdag – or Prince’s Day – the festive opening of the new parliamentary year of the States General, which takes place at the Binnenhof in The Hauge in an opulent carriage that wouldn’t look out of place in our own Queen’s fleet.
Amid tight security, King and Queen Maxima were driven in an ornate, horse-drawn carriage to parliament from a royal palace in the heart of The Hague, passing through streets lined with cheering crowds.
The Golden Carriage carriage that is normally used to bring the King and Queen to Prince’s Day, passed down from Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, is currently undergoing renovation, although its replacement vehicle looked just as lavish.
Queen Maxima was certainly dressed for the occasion in her pastel blue and green gown, teamed with a striking floral hat and powder blue gloves.
The Dutch royals were joined on the palace balcony by King Willem Alexander’s brother Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands and his wife Princess Laurentien
Queen Maxima alights from the opulent state carriage for the celebration of Prinsjesdag or Budget Day, the festive opening of the new parliamentary year of the States General, which takes place every third Tuesday of September at the Binnenhof
As she waited to disembark from the royal carriage and enter the Hague to mark Prinsjesdag, Queen Maxima could be seen smiling broadly and warmly at the camera while waving
King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, Queen Maxima (centre) and their sister-in-law Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands (left) at Palace Noordeine for the annual opening of the Parliamental year in the The Hague
The royal couple greeted the Senate and the House of Representatives from the throne at the ‘Ridderzaal’ (Hall of Knights) on ‘Prinsjesdag’
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima bow to the flag as they arrive in a horse-drawn carriage at the Knight’s Hall in The Hague, Netherlands
The royal couple
They were reportedly joined for the event by Maxima’s mother, Maria del Carmen, and brother, Juan Zorreguieta.
King Willem-Alexander traditionally delivers the traditional Speech from the Throne in the Ridderzaal – or Knights’ Hall – on Prinsjesdag each year.
The occasion was return to more familiar territory for Queen Maxima following a dramatic confrontation with a member of the public during a run-of-the-mill royal engagement last week.
The Queen was accosted by an angry mother during a visit to the non-profit YETS Foundation in Schiedam, in south Holland.
Dutch Queen Maxima looked festive at the celebration of the Prinsjesdag – Budget Day – in The Hague, which takes place on the third Tuesday in September each year
Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima wave from the balcony of the royal palace Noordeinde in The Hague, Netherlands. The royals seemed in high spirits as they marked the Prinsjesdag – or Budget Day
Ever the gentleman, King Willem Alexander stood back and let his wife walk down the red carpet after arriving at the Binnenhof in The Hague to give a speech on Prinsjesdag
Maxima, 47, had just finished speaking to participants in the award-winning youth programme when the woman broke out of the audience and ran towards her.
She wanted to pass a letter to the Queen directly detailing her disabled son’s educational and welfare issues, after receiving unsatisfactory responses to previous written appeals to the palace.
‘He’s been home for eleven months,’ she shouted as security guards tried to restrain her from approaching the Queen, telling her they would pass on the letter.
In the end, she managed to approach
The Dutch royals beamed as they waved to the crowds from the palace balcony on the third Tuesday of September – traditionally a day of pomp and pageantry in the Netherlands
King Willem-Alexander looked in particularly high spirits as he took in the attention of the crowd in front of them. And Queen Maxima seemed to clasp her hands together in joy while on the balcony of Noordeinde Royal Palace
The King and Queen of the Netherlands arrived in an opulent carriage that certainly wouldn’t look out of place in Queen Elizabeth’s fleet
Earlier that same week the royal was joined by Dutch Minister Sigrid Kaag at an event launching the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion workshop.
The Dutch queen appeared in excellent spirits as she arrived at the workshop, beaming as she stepped out of her car.
The appearance marked one of the royal’s first since she enjoyed a few weeks off from her duties over summer.
Joining the King and Queen were the King’s brother Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands and his wife Princess Laurentien (pictured). The royal family attend the celebration of the Prinsjesdag – Prince’s Day – in The Hague today
As they made their way to the Hague after disembarking from their opulent carriage, Queen Maxima and King Willem Alexander looked to be beset by the wind, which blew their hair back
Several people could be seen lining the streets around the Hague, in the Netherlands as the royal family arrived to mark the festive Prinsjesdag (Budget Day)
Maxima has three daughters, Catharina-Amalia, 14, Alexia, 13 and Ariane, 11, with husband King Willem-Alexander, 51.
Maxima has endured a difficult few months, recently flying to Buenos Aires for the funeral of her younger sister, Inés Zorreguieta.
Inés took her own life at the age of 33 following a lengthy battle with depression.
Máxima pulled out of several state visits in the wake of Inés death in June, bravely returning to work two weeks later.
Later that month, during a visit to a hospital in Groningen, she appeared to fight back tears as she gave a short speech.
Queen Maxima was beaming as she arrived in her luxurious royal carriage which was flanked by guards in royal livery. Well-wishers could be seen hanging out of windows to get a glimpse of the Queen as she marked Prinsjesdag at the Hague