Prince's Day Experience
Every third Tuesday in September is Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day), the opening of Dutch parliament. A festive day, children in The Hague are free from school so they may watch the procession of the Gouden Koets (Golden Coach). The King is driven in the Gouden Koets from Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights) in the Binnenhof, which houses the Dutch Parliament. In 2010 XPEX made an exhibition about these festivities, commissioned by the Historical Museum of The Hague. Two years later the presentation moved from the Historical Museum to the basement of the Ridderzaal of the Binnenhof, close to where His Majesty annually pronounces the Speech from the Throne. For nearly eight centuries, the Binnenhof has formed the centre of Dutch government. It is exceptional for one location to have served for so long as a centre of power.