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Cavalry practice on the beach in the Netherlands

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Members of the cavalry practice at the beach in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, on Sept. 17. The horses and riders are tested with gunfire, music and smoke in preparation for tomorrow's parade in The Hague, including the Queen in the Golden Carriage who will pronounce the Speech from the Throne, one of the main features of government policy for the coming parliamentary session.

Koen Van Weel / EPA

Members of the cavalry at the beach in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, Sept. 17.

Cavalry will participate in the Prinsjesdag (Prince's Day) ceremonies which is when the monarch of the Netherlands (Queen Beatrix) officially opens the new session of the Dutch Parliament and addresses a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives. The Queen will ride in a golden carriage to the ceremonies and for the duration of the parade, the horse artillery will fire a salute every minute. The Queen's address is given every year on the third Tuesday in September.