Tradition meets tradition
Among the many visitors there is always a group of people wearing traditional apparel: the women out of Staphorst, a small and long-stretched former farmer village in the east of the country, love to show up in their colorful garments. There are only a few out there how wear these heavy and unpractical clothes everyday.
These people are not the only though…
A relatively new tradition, female politicians are wearing hats in all possible shapes and colors.
This year the tradition even extended for the first time to male politicians. Curiously enough it was a Dutch MP with migrant background, representing mostly immigrants for DENK, a relatively young political party.
More than a fashion statement
Some politicians however do not only make a fashion statement, but use their fashion to make a political statement as well. This year MP Marianne Thieme from the Partij voor de Dieren (the first elected party ever that is setting animal rights on the agenda) wore a dress that questioned Dutch policy around the names of vegan products.
Meanwhile the wind is asking for other measures
Despite the sunny weather the wind is blowing fiercely and people are doing whatever they can to make sure the king will have a safe entrance over the red carpet. Even if that means some unexpected measures should be taken, like nailing the carpet to the ground.
Then finally people begin to arrive
Once all Members of Parliament are in, the Presidents of the Eerste and Tweede Kamer arrive, followed by some other important people and his Royal Highness Constantijn.
And finally …
The King and Queen of The Netherlands
Then it is time for a pauze
While the King is reading the State of Parliament guards stand their watch, but police officers and other officials are taking some breath, waiting for the moment they need to fulfill their roles again.