Around 9 o’clock in the morning, a part of Noordeinde, near the palace, was cordoned off by the police. Pressure barriers kept curious passers-by at a distance. And then this happened:

There was a red carpet in front of the palace that was was vacuumed and a procession entered the street from Oranjestraat, led by the military chapel. They stopped in front of the palace and took their place there.


After a few minutes a small procession with horses and two carriages. It’s like a mini prince’s day. The carriages stop in front of the palace and the passengers get out and then enter via the red carpet. There they are greeted by King Willem-Alexander.

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What’s up here was going on? The king received Iraq’s new ambassador Nazar Issa Abdulhadi Al-Khirullah. The ambassador gives two credentials to the king. From the moment the king accepts the letters, the new ambassador is in office. It may sound a bit old-fashioned and that is not surprising because the tradition dates back to the Middle Ages.

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What’s in those letters? The first states that the ambassador’s predecessor has been recalled and the second states that the diplomat is authorized to speak on behalf of his head of state or government.


These mini-Prinsjesdagen are a lot quieter than the real Prinsjesdag, so it’s best to go and have a look. Just don’t expect to see the king, because he stays inside. The ceremonies are always on Wednesday morning between 00.00 and 11.00 hour. On the website of the Royal House

you can see what is planned for this year.

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