Swedish Official Visit to the Netherlands

  April 9, 2014 at 7:40 am by

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On the invitation of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia made a two-day official visit to the Netherlands last week. The reason for the visit was also the celebration of 400 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Sweden.

Arriving in the early afternoon of Friday April 4, the King and the Queen of Sweden were welcomed by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. After an audience, the two Kings went to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce where they attended a seminar about Innovation and King Gustaf awarded the “Swedish Chamber Export Prize” to the SKF, a Swedish company whose productions includes bearing, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems.

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In his speech at the seminar, King Willem-Alexander praised Sweden for the exellence in the innovation and “the Swedish mentality: always open to ideas from others”.

Meanwhile, Queen Máxima and Queen Silvia went to Weesp, where they visited the nursing home “Hogeweyk”. This center takes care of about 152 elderly people affected by dementia.

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In the evening, a state banquet took place. Princess Beatrix was present as well. Both Kings held speeches, stressing the good friendship between their countries.

On the last day of the visit, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, King Gustaf and Queen Silvia visited the Rijksmuseum. The Dutch Royal Couple and the Swedish Royal Couple posed near the painting “The Conspiracy of the Batavians under Claudius Civilis” by Rembrandt. The paint was given temporarily on loan to the Rijksmuseum by the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. Then the royals saw the original treaty that forms the basis for the 400 years of diplomatic relations established on April 5, 1614.

The official visit ended with a lunch hosted by the King and the Queen of Sweden at the museum.

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