Budget Day (Prince's Day)
On the third Tuesday in September (Prince's Day), the Minister of Finance presents the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum to the House of Representatives.
On www.government.nl, you can read the summary of the Budget Memorandum, the press release and the key statistics and also the press release of the Tax Plan.
On www.rijksfinancien.nl, you can find the Rijksfinanciën Online, the online magazine with all the official documents, news and background stories.
On Budget Day (Prince's Day), on the third Tuesday in September, the government announces its plans for the coming year. The King travels in the Golden Coach to the Hall of Knights in The Hague where he reads the Speech from the Throne. Later that day, the Minister of Finance presents the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum to the House of Representatives in the ceremonial briefcase.
(Links will be added at 3.15 PM).
The Speech from the Throne
King Willem-Alexander presides over the state opening of the Senate and the House of Representatives (the States General) on Budget Day. This entails reading the Speech from the Throne in the Hall of Knights. The speech contains the government’s main plans for the coming year. (link will be added as translation becomes available).
Presentation of the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum
Later that day, the Minister of Finance presents the House of Representatives with an overview of the costs of the plans announced in the Speech from the Throne. He goes to the House of Representatives with the ceremonial briefcase, where he presents the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum. These state how much money the government is making available for its various plans for the coming year, and where it is coming from.
- Read more about the tax plan.
- Read more about the budget for Foreign Affairs and for International trade and Development cooperation. (links will be added at 3.15 PM).
On Budget Day King Willem-Alexander travels in the Golden Coach from Noordeinde Palace to the Binnenhof via Lange Voorhout in The Hague.
Use of the Golden Coach
Queen Wilhelmina was given the Golden Coach in 1890 by the people of Amsterdam. She used it for the first time on the occasion of her wedding in 1901. The Golden Coach has been used on Prince's Day since 1903.The Golden Coach was also used for the weddings of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard (1937), Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus (1966), Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima (2002) and the christening of Princess Beatrix in 1938.
The royal procession
Besides members of the Royal House, the procession comprises officers of the Royal Household, mounted police, a band and various army units.