Speech from the throne: do not economise, but invest in job retention

The Netherlands should not economise, but invest in job retention, good facilities and a cleaner country. That was King Willem-Alexanders message on behalf of the government in the Grote Kerk in The Hague. The governments plans for the coming year rest on those pillars

The King spoke of the importance of young people, whom he called the adults of tomorrow. It is precisely in times of sudden shocks that it is important to look to the long term

Most of the speech from the throne was devoted to the consequences of the corona crisis. The corona virus suddenly changed everything this spring, said the King. It affects all of us, from Terschelling to Aruba, from young to old

Everything is different, even this Princes Day, the King said in the Speech from the Throne:

He expressed his admiration and gratitude to all those in the care and elsewhere in society who did everything possible to deal with the crisis. The fabric of society has proved to be strong. It remains extraordinary how the Dutch are there for each other when the need arises

Willem-Alexander started the speech with his remembrance of the Commemoration of the Dead on 4 May, which was without an audience. It was unreal and very realistic at the same time. The silence was even more deafening than usual.

The king read for the eighth time the Speech from the Throne, the third of the Rutte III cabinet.