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Hotel Indigo The Hague – Budget Day Celebration

This historic occasion, which takes place every third Tuesday in September, marks the opening of the new working year of the States General—the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives. It’s a day when the nation comes together to witness the government’s most important plans for the coming year being unveiled. And what better place to experience this grand event than in the heart of The Hague, at the exquisite Hotel Indigo?

Every year, the King of the Netherlands delivers the Speech from the Throne, outlining the government’s key initiatives for the upcoming year. This occasion unfolds at the Royal Theatre in The Hague, a venue of elegance and history. You may spot some distinguished guests in attendance. Queen Máxima, the Princess of Orange, Princess Alexia, Prince Constantijn, and Princess Laurentien often grace this event with their presence.

The Schedule

  1. 11:30 am – The Grand Procession Begins: The members of the Senate and the House of Representatives leave from the temporary parliament buildings to make their way to the Royal Theater.
  2. 12:00 pm – Military Honor: At the Royal Theatre, a military guard of honour lines up, adding a touch of grandeur to the proceedings.
  3. 12:45 pm – Arrival of Dignitaries: The committee of incoming and outgoing persons, the vice-president of the Council of State, the president of the Senate, and the president of the House of Representatives arrive at the Koninklijke Schouwburg.
  4. 1:00 pm – United Assembly: The chairman opens the United Assembly of the States General, officially commencing the day’s proceedings.
  5. 1:00 pm – Royal Procession: The Royal procession departs from Noordeinde Palace to the Royal Theatre.
  6. 1:20 pm – The Speech from the Throne: This is the highlight of the day. The King, Queen Máxima, and other royal dignitaries arrive at the Koninklijke Schouwburg. Here, the government unveils its most crucial plans for the upcoming year.
  7. Around 2:00 pm – Balcony Appearance: Following the Speech from the Throne, the Royal party makes its way back to Noordeinde Palace, where they appear on the balcony to acknowledge the cheers of the public.
  8. 3:00 pm – Budget Presentation: The Minister of Finance presents the briefcase containing the Budget Memorandum and National Budget to the House of Representatives.

Budget Day in The Hague is a celebration of tradition, royalty, and the nation’s future. Situated in the heart of The Hague, our Hotel provides the perfect spot to witness the events of the day in style and comfort.

So, make your plans, book your stay at Hotel Indigo – The Hague, and experience Budget Day like never before. This an event that blends tradition with modernity, and an interesting day you won’t want to miss.

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