Every third Tuesday in September, the Dutch queen Beatrix delivers a speech outlining the government’s vision for the coming year.
Prinsjesdag will be a very ceremonial day. The queen is driven in a golden carriage through The Hague, from Noordeinde Palace towards the Knights’ Hall. After her speech, a debate with the prime minister and the Lower House traditionally takes place. However, because the Netherlands currently has a caretaker cabinet – the elections were held in June, but we’re still waiting for a new government – the debate is unlikely to go ahead this year. The Christian Democrats and the conservative VVD and anti-Islam PVV parties are still in negotiations to form a right-wing cabinet. The expectation is that the new prime minister and colleagues will be unveiled in a week or two.