Prinsjesdag (‘Prince’s Day’) represents the start of the new parliamentary year on which the reigning monarch of the Netherlands addresses a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives in the Ridderzaal or Hall of Knights in The Hague.
From Saturday, September 16th up to and including Prinsjesdag September 19th the city of The Hague will be full of special activities. From markets, fashion shows and music to comedy shows and a parade. Enjoy the various performances, culinary masterpieces, and cultural surprises.
SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
12.00-18.00: Prince’s market on the Lange Voorhout: Exclusive hats, fabulous bags, fashion, jewelry and good food.
13.00-14.30: ‘Princes Walk’ through the historical heart of The Hague.
14.00-15.00: Spectacular rehearsal show on the Lange Voorhout by the Mountain Escort of the Royal Military Police.
15.00-17.00: Princes Hatwalk: a grand design contest with special hats made by students and professional hat makers. Politicians and their partners will also show their headwear of Prinsjesdag 2016 on the runway.
SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
10.00: General rehearsal from the Royal Mews at the Noordeinde by the Royal Military Police
11.30: Lustrum parade of the Cavalry Escort of Honour on the Lange Voorhout with a music performance by the Corps of Drums of Grenadier Guards on the Lange Voorhout
13.00-16.30: Princes comedy show (in Dutch) at Diligentia by Jan Jaap van der Wal, Pieter Derks, Kiki Schippers and Kasper van der Laan
The shops in the city center will be open on Sunday between 12.00-17.00.
MONDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
10.00: Spectacular Beach Rehearsal of the Cavalry Escort of Honor on the Beach (Scheveningen beach, in front of the Kurhaus).
16.00-17.30: Princes Forum (Korte Voorhout 8, discussions in Dutch)
20.15-22.30: Princes comedy show (in Dutch)
TUESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER
Prinsjesdag! The city center will be buzzing with activities all day and there will be free gadgets, photo booths and promo teams all over town.
12.00-17.00: Princes market with attractive offers from local shops
12:45: Glass Carriage leaves the Royal Stables heading towards Noordeinde Palace
13:00: Royal procession from Noordeinde palace to the Binnenhof
13:15: King’s speech at the Hall of Knights
13:50: Glass Carriage exits Binnenhof heading towards Noordeinde Palace
14:00: Balcony Scene at Noordeinde Palace
14:30: Musical show of military forces down the Lange Voorhout