King Willem-Alexander visited the House of Representatives at the Central Station in The Hague this afternoon. The king looked at the plenary room, committee halls, the public gallery and the central hall, among others. He also spoke to the users, such as MPs, clerks, documentalists, journalists and security guards.
President of the Chamber Bergkamp briefed the king about the building, its architecture and the move. The royal visit lasted an hour.
During the tour, the king also spoke to a school class about his role as head of state:
The House of Representatives moved to a refurbished former ministry at the Bezuidenhoutseweg in early September, called B67. The historic Binnenhof complex needs to be renovated and the renovation will be at least 5.5 years.
The old ministry was designed by Dutch architect Dick Apon in the early 80s. Although the 13-storey building is constructed of grey concrete and brick, it has been tried to take over the atmosphere of the Binnenhof halls as much as possible. The plenary is a kind of mini replica of the real plenary.
The first few weeks involved getting used to MPs and staff to find their way around the new environment.
Just before the king arrived at the temporary house of representatives, the police put an end to the demonstration of climate action group Extinction Rebellion, near the building.