The traditional biennial gala dinner of the Dutch Council of State took place on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. For the first time, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange attended the event as host, together with her parents, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima.
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The biennial gala dinner in honor of the Council of State
By reaching majority on December 8, 2021, Princess Catharina-Amalia, known simply as Amalia, won the right to sit in the highest advisory body of the Netherlands. The day after her 18th birthday, the Princess of Orange was presented to the Council of State for the first time. His father, King Willem-Alexander, is the President of the Council of State but he only sits on rare occasions because it is a ceremonial duty. The vice-president represents him and replaces him in day-to-day management.
King Willem-Alexander has the right to appoint the vice-president who represents him as well as the ten members who make up the Council. Queen Máxima has served in the Council of State since 2004, two years after her marriage, in an advisory capacity only. They do not have the right to vote and do not sit in the Administrative Jurisdiction Division.
The Dutch sovereigns have a tradition of organizing a gala dinner for members of the Council of State every two years. This year, Princess Amalia joined her parents in the invitation card. This is his first time participating in the gala but also his first time as the host of a major official event. The gala was held at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, the sovereign’s workplace. The gala is usually biennial, but it has not been organized for three years, due to the health crisis.
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The Princess of Orange officially hosted her first gala
For her first appearance at the gala, Princess Amalia chose a beautiful sparkling sequin dress. The dress is signed Mac Duggal. This is the first time we see the heir to the throne in this dress. Queen Máxima wore a Claes Iversen dress, recognized by the Royal Fashion Police.
Since coming of age as Princess of Orange, every new event is the first time for the heir to the throne. Last June, she wore a tiara for the first time, while attending her first international gala dinner in Norway. Returning to the university for the first time a week ago, Princess Amalia has her first official trip outside the mainland of the Netherlands which is scheduled for the beginning of 2023, when she will visit the Caribbean territories of the kingdom.
King Willem-Alexander took the floor and gave the welcome address. “We were your guests in Kneuterdijk for nine months and I was allowed to introduce my daughter to the Council. A memorable day and a wonderful gathering”remembered the sovereign in his speech.
“Faced with the complexity of the requests for advice and the future files, we cannot help but have respect for the people who dedicate themselves to this with such professionalism and a sense of responsibility. I think we everyone knows very well what is at stake. Trust in government and institutions is under pressure. It is important that this trust is strengthened. That citizens feel heard and understood. And that governments can continue to do their job to serve the general interest and the rule of law”reprimanded the Head of State. “The State Council has an important role in all of this”.
In the Netherlands, the Council of State was established by Charles V in 1531, and it still exists in some form in the country. However, its function has improved over time. Today, the Council of State is an important advisory body for the government but the highest judicial body that can rule on a dispute between citizens and the government. So there are two branches of the Council: the Advisory Division and the Administrative Jurisdiction Division.