Prinsjesdag is extra special for Amalia this year: the crown princess is present for the first time at the reading of the speech from the throne. Her father still takes up the nomination, but since her eighteenth birthday, the princess is increasingly given a role at official occasions. What does she do on Tuesday and what does she wear?By Hasna Elbaamranic
Princess Amalia turned eighteen on December 7, 2021, which means that from that moment on she has different rights and responsibilities. For example, she is entitled to a generous salary of 1.6 million euros per year, which, incidentally, she renounces during her student days.
Amalia will also increasingly be asked to perform public duties. For example, she was already present at a dinner of the Council of State last Wednesday and she made her first official trip to Norway in June. From now on she will also be asked more often to attend openings or to cut a ribbon.
On Tuesday, Amalia will be present for the first time on Prinsjesdag with her father and mother. Because the Binnenhof is currently being renovated, the reading of the speech from the throne will take place until at least 2026 in the Koninklijke Schouwburg in The Hague. The crown princess does not sit on a throne, but sits – just like her father on his first Prince’s Day in 1985 – in the hall.
The daughter(s) of Queens Wilhelmina and Juliana and sons of Queen Beatrix were often present during Prinsjesdag. We may also see Amalia’s sisters, from their eighteenth birthday, on this occasion in the future. Incidentally, it is not the case that Amalia has to be there every year from now on; her father also sometimes missed a Prinsjesdag because of his studies and military service.
Amalia already knows the route to that room. In June she rode with the procession that practiced the route to the new location. Then she completed the route on horseback. On Tuesday she will ride in the Glass Carriage.
What attracts Amalia?
On Budget Day, of course, the speech from the throne and the presentation of the budget statement of millions and the national budget are central, but people are also eagerly looking forward to the hat parade. On the third Tuesday of September, most women traditionally wear headgear.
It remains to be seen whether Amalia will do the same. At least we never saw her with a hat before. Her mother, Queen Máxima, usually opts for colorful creations on Prinsjesdag. Her favorite designers are Natan Couture, Claes Iversen and Jan Taminiau. Máxima often wears a headgear.
When Amalia took a seat on the Council of State last December, she was not wearing a hat, which is customary on official occasions. Also on Prinsjesdag the etiquette applies that women wear a dress with headgear or hair decoration.
Amalia wears clothing from all kinds of brands, including affordable brands such as H&M and Zara. Another brand that we often see the princess in is LaDress. She wore this mark, among other things, on her portrait photos that were made in honor of her eighteenth birthday. Another possibility is that she is wearing something from her mother. The crown princess, like her sisters, regularly dives into Máxima’s closets.