maandag 28 november 2016

State Visit #4: The Netherlands

28 November 2016 - 30 November 2016

Monday 28 November

King Philippe and queen Mathilde were officially welcomed at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam by king Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima.

One of Mathilde's pumps got stuck between the cobble stones during the wreath laying ceremony.



Signature of border correction treaty between Belgium and The Netherlands.


Afternoon: both royal couples attended a cultural program at "De Brakke Grond".

Lady-in-waiting Patricia Vlerick accompanied Mathilde.

Afterwards Maxima and Mathilde attended a symposium on urbanisation at Theater Amsterdam.

At night the Dutch king and queen hosted a banquet at the royal palace in Amsterdam.

Edouard Vermeulen

Tuesday 29 November

Queen Maxima and queen Mathilde visited the Oranje Fonds project "Kamers voor Kansen"in Osdorp that helps young people who have dropped out of school.

Then they visited the project "Maatjes".

The Dutch and Belgian royal couple attended a working lunch at the Ridderzaal in The Hague, in presence of PM Mark Rutte. Themes of discussion: sustainability, smart cities, fintech, start ups, food & innovation.


Afternoon: queen Mathilde and queen Maxima visited the "Alechinsky retrospective" exhibition at the Cobra Museum of Amstelveen.


At night Philippe and Mathilde hosted a concert by the Orchestre National de Belgique and Ozark Henry at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amterdam.

arrival video, with a very warm embrace between Laurentien & Mathilde:

Mathilde wore a gown by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau.

Wednesday 30 November

Maxima and Mathilde took the train to Utrecht to visit the new Central Station and the surrounding area.

Mathilde and Maxima said their farewells.

Afterwards queen Mathilde travelled to Eindhoven to visit the High Tech Campus and the Sligro Food Group.

She opened food inspiration lab "ZiN" in Veghel.

At Castle Heeze a representant of the Dutch government took leave of the king and queen of the Belgians.

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