Dutch State Visit to Portugal: Day Two
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima started their second day in Portugal with a visit at the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Lisbon. This center, opened in 2011, has laboratories for high-quality biomedical research and an advanced clinic for the treatment of cancer patients.
Then the Royal Couple went to the University of Lisbon where they attended a presentation held by the Portuguese and Dutch Foreign Ministers that was focused on the European cooperation. The King and the Queen had also a meeting with the students about the shared values of the Netherlands and Portugal and the challenges of the European Union like security and migration.
At lunchtime took place a trade luncheon with Dutch and Portugues entrepreneurs and representatives of the institutions and some cooperation agreements were signed. After posing for the pictures in front of the bridge “Ponte 25 de Abril”, the King and the Queen paid a visit to the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga accompanied by the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
In the museum they visited the exhibition “Rembrandt. Elos Perdidos” that was organized on the occasion of the Dutch state visit. The exhibition shows a landscape of the Dutch artist given in loan by the Rijksmuseum and also a collection of works from the prestigious Royal Collections. The exhibition will be open from tomorrow, October 12, until January 7, 2018.
Later the King and the Queen had a meeting with the Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa.
In the evening King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima hosted a concert and a reception to thank the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for his hospitality. The event, held at the Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II, was a mix of Portuguese and Dutch music performed by the Portuguese singer Cristina Branco and the Dutch-Friesian singer Nynke Laverman.The Netherlands
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