Queen Máxima to sit next to king for his first budget day speech

Queen Máxima will break new ground on September 17 when she sits next to king Willem-Alexander as he gives his first speech from the throne ahead of the 2014 budget presentation.

Until now, the wives of kings have not sat next to their husbands during the ceremony, the AD reports on Tuesday.

Prince Claus, husband of the then queen Beatrix, did, however, sit next to his wife.

In addition, Beatrix will not attend the traditional event this year, nor will her sister Margriet and her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven, the AD said.

The speech from the throne is given by the monarch to both houses of parliament and their guests in the Ridderzaal in The Hague. The speech looks back to past events and gives a broad outline of cabinet policy for the coming year.

It will be king Willem-Alexander’s first budget speech since becoming monarch on April 30. – See more at: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/07/tv_debate_for_party_leaders_on.php#sthash.qAbfNvVv.dpuf
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