Prince’s Festival is a celebration of the Dutch monarchy, centred around Prince’s Day. The days leading up to Prince’s Day are full of markets, concerts, a photo exhibition, cabaret, a hat fashion show and hat design competition and many more exciting activities in The Hague.
Every year, a different province of the Netherlands is the co-creator of the Prince's Festival, and this year that honour goes to the province of South Holland.
Highlights of Prince’s Festival 2019
Prince’s Festival is primarily a celebration of the royals, but this year it is also a celebration of democracy. Here are some of the Prince's Festival programme highlights, many of them delving into the theme of democracy.
Sept 10-29: Prince’s Photo Exhibition
This exciting photo exhibition takes place at the Senate of the Netherlands (Eerste Kamer) from September 10-29 from 10am until 5.30pm.
Sept 11: Prince’s Pub Quiz
Held in Dutch, the Prince’s Pub Quiz takes place at the Nieuwspoort on September 11 at 7.30pm.
Sept 13: Prince’s Book Prize
The Prince’s Book Prize is awarded on September 13 at 10.30am. Two days before the prize presentation, you can attend Evening of the Political Book, a free event which brings together the nominees for the Best Political Book of the Year at ProDemos.
Sept 12-15: Night of the Dictatorship
In order to pay homage to democracy, Night of the Dictatorship takes place to mark International Day of Democracy on September 15. There will be films, debates, dinners and performances from September 12-15 at various locations.
Sept 14: Prince’s Hat Walk
The dashing hats on the catwalk at the Prince’s Hat Walk are displayed and a winner is determined. This spectacle shows the high standards of hat design and exclusive style in the range of hats among Dutch politicians and their partners.
Sept 17: Prince’s Day
The Royals are at the centre of Prince's Day, as the King addresses the Dutch parliament about the government budget for the coming year. Prince's Day essentially marks the new parliamentary season and is also known as the budget day.
Get ready for Prince's Festival
With so many events happening over so many days, there's a lot to do and see in The Hague for free! Some events require tickets and others require showing up early to get a good spot in the crowd, so plan your visit to the centre of The Hague for this unique event! Keep an eye on the Prince's Festival website.