Dutch celebrate Prinsjesdag anniversaries
21 September 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The Dutch media payed special attention on Tuesday to the three anniversaries on Prinsjesdag this year.
21 September 2004
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch media payed special attention on Tuesday to the three anniversaries on Prinsjesdag this year.
Queen Beatrix read the Speech from the Throne for the 25th time, the ceremony was held for the 100th year in the Knights Hall and the throne itself is a century old.
Having been crowned on 30 April 1980, Queen Beatrix delivered the speech for the 25th time this year. Although her reign is in its 25th year, the Queen will not celebrate her silver jubilee until next year.
Exactly 100 years ago, the Prinsjesdag ceremony was held for the first time at the Knights Hall (Ridderzaal), which was built in 1280 on commission from Count Floris V of Holland. The Speech from the Throne was not held every year during World War II as the monarchy was in exile in London from 1940 to 1944.
From 1825 to 1904, the speech was held in the Lower House of Parliament (Tweede Kamer). Large scale renovation to the Knights Hall began in 1902.
Queen Beatrix's grandmother Queen Wilhelmina used the 3m-high throne for the first time on 20 September 1904. She also read the Prinsjesdag speech from this throne.
The throne was designed by architect Pierre Cuypers, who also designed Amsterdam Central Station and the Rijksmuseum.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news