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Prisma 03-26-2018 03:00 PM

Dutch State Visit to Luxembourg: May 23-25, 2018
 
State visit to Luxembourg | News item | Royal House of the Netherlands
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The visit will take place from 23 to 25 May 2018.

Marengo 03-26-2018 04:46 PM

How nice & unexpected, so shortly after the state visit of Queen Beatrix.

Marika86 05-02-2018 06:03 AM

Program of the state visit

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State visit to Luxembourg program
News item 02-05-2018 | 09:34

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima, from May 23 to May 25, 2018, invited the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to make a state visit to Luxembourg at the invitation of Their Royal Highnesses ( see RVD-press release, no. 74 ). They are accompanied by Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs. At the same time, an economic program on sustainable and circular economy will take place under the direction of State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management.

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima, from May 23 to May 25, 2018, invited the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to make a state visit to Luxembourg at the invitation of Their Royal Highnesses (see RVD-press release, no. 74). They are accompanied by Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs. At the same time, an economic program on sustainable and circular economy will take place under the direction of State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management.

The relationship between the Netherlands and Luxembourg goes far back and is characterized by a historical friendship and close political and economic cooperation in the Benelux, the European Union, NATO and the United Nations. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Benelux Economic Union, which broadened and strengthened cooperation between the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium. The Benelux has since served as a testing ground for European cooperation.

Wednesday, May 23
The state visit starts on Wednesday, May 23 in Luxembourg City. The Royal Couple is received there by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess with a welcome ceremony at the Grand Ducal Palace. Then the King and Queen lay a wreath at the 'Monument de la Solidarité Nationale', the national war memorial of Luxembourg.

In the afternoon they meet the President of Parliament, Mars Di Bartolomeo, the Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn. Thereafter, the King and Queen are received by the mayor of Luxembourg, Lydie Polfer, at the Town Hall.

Subsequently, during a short city walk, an explanation is given about the historic development of the city, the 'lower city' Grund and the fortifications that show similarities with Maastricht. The old city of Luxembourg is designated by UNESCO as a world heritage.
The first day ends with a state banquet, offered by the Grand Ducal Couple in the Palace. The Grand Duke and the King made a short speech.

Thursday, May 24
The second day of the state visit starts with a visit to Belval where blast furnaces were built in 1911. The steel industry was for a long time an important pillar of the Luxembourg economy.

In 1997 the blast furnaces were shut down. A large-scale urban development project, designed by the Dutch architect Jo Coenen, has ensured that the former industrial zone has been preserved and has been given a new use. Belval has been transformed from an industrial area into a modern urban district in which science, living, working and culture are united. The Royal Couple gets an explanation on the campus about the historic industrial buildings. The 'Cité des Sciences' is one of the construction projects on the site. It offers, among other things, accommodation for the University of Luxembourg. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will receive an explanation of the new learning at the 'Luxembourg Learning Center'.

Subsequently, a meeting will take place in the university building 'Maison du Savoir' on the Luxembourg government initiatives in the area of ​​space mining, in which Luxembourg is a forerunner. The Royal Couple speaks with Dutch and Luxembourg students and professors and attends presentations.

After the visit to Belval, the King and Queen travel to Castle Vianden.
They open a specially assembled exhibition with objects from the Dutch Royal Collections and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg that mark key moments in the combined history. In the exhibition, among others, the Deed Act of 1255 can be seen.

The government lunch will then take place in Kasteel Vianden, which will be offered by the prime minister of Luxembourg.

In the afternoon, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will attend a meeting in the Chamber of Commerce on sustainable and circular economy. The meeting is part of the economic program in which 24 Dutch companies participate. The Royal Couple talks with Dutch and Luxembourg entrepreneurs who present new developments in the field of circular economy.

In the evening, the King and Queen offer a concert and reception to the Grand Ducal Family and Luxembourg guests, in recognition of the hospitality offered during the state visit. The Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma performs this contra-performance in the De Philharmonie concert hall.

Friday, May 25
The third and final day of the state visit King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visit the companies Neobuild and CFL Multimodal in Bettembourg. Neobuild is focused on looking for and facilitating innovative solutions for sustainable and circular construction. Companies from the construction industry can test and demonstrate new construction techniques, materials and products for a long time.

The Royal Couple then visits CFL Multimodal, a multimodal transport provider and logistics operator in Luxembourg. Because of its favorable geographical location, CFL Multimodal is a European logistics center for the transhipment of containers. On location, the King and Queen look at innovative techniques that are used to ensure safe and efficient transhipment of containers between rail and road.

In conclusion, a reception for the Dutch Community will take place in the Dutch residence in Luxembourg. The Royal Couple meets Dutch living and working in Luxembourg.

The state visit ends around noon with a farewell ceremony at the Grand Ducal Palace.

RVD, No. 113
https://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/actuee...rg---programma

Marengo 05-02-2018 07:10 AM

Nice that they are visiting Vianden, as one of the King's titles is count of Vianden.

Marika86 05-23-2018 07:57 AM

First pics

https://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?eventid=2251562

iceflower 05-23-2018 08:05 AM

:previous:

Thanks! :flowers: Here are some more photos of day 1:


** robinutrecht.photoshelter gallery ** ppe gallery **


** wort.lu gallery: Herzlicher Empfang für Willem-Alexander und Máxima **


** lessentiel.lu video and gallery: Königspaar mit militärischen Ehren empfangen **


** tageblatt.lu gallery: König Willem-Alexander und Königin Maxima besuchen Luxemburg **


** gettyimages/zimbio gallery: King And Queen Of The Netherlands Visit Luxembourg : Day One **


** dailymail: She's the Queen of green! Maxima of the Netherlands opts for a VERY bold chartreuse dress to meet..**

Marengo 05-23-2018 08:51 AM

They all seem delighted to see each other. The King commented on Guillaume's -appropriately Orange- tie and the Queen and the Grand Duchess seemed to be conversing in Spanish.

suztav 05-23-2018 08:53 AM

Both royal ladies look lovely. Unfortunately, Max towers over Mari Teresa. As someone who is petite —- I feel her pain! JMHO

Mbruno 05-23-2018 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 2114573)
They all seem delighted to see each other. The King commented on Guillaume's -appropriately Orange- tie and the Queen and the Grand Duchess seemed to be conversing in Spanish.

Hardly surprising as it is the native language of both of them.

Duc_et_Pair 05-23-2018 09:09 AM

I could see that Prince Guillaume wanted to bow for the King but Willem-Alexander was too quick with hugging.

The kissing of the two royal ladies went a bit wrong, due to Queen Máxima's large brim, so the Grand-Duke did it with one peck on one cheek and a handkiss.

lucien 05-23-2018 11:54 AM

All look splendid and in good spirits!!

Prisma 05-23-2018 11:57 AM

More galleries:

RTL.lu - Déi neiste Fotogalerien - Willem-Alexander a Maxima (23.5.18)

Visite d'État au Luxembourg de LL.MM. le Roi et la Reine des Pays-Bas: Jour 1 - Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg - Mai 2018

Marengo 05-23-2018 01:43 PM

Article and video from the NOS:

https://nos.nl/artikel/2233196-konin...luxemburg.html

Walking through Luxembourg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=qhFx8v2BXDA

Marengo 05-23-2018 03:08 PM

THE STUART!!!!!!

https://mobile.twitter.com/JeroenSne...g-staatsbanket

Marika86 05-23-2018 03:09 PM

First pics from the state banquet:

Rick Evers @RickEversRoyal Nieuwe tiara voor koningin Máxima?
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dd5oTbmV4AAhNVU.jpg ** https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dd5oTbpVQAANW4H.jpg

Jeroen Snel @JeroenSnel Tijd voor het staatsbanket #staatsbezoek #Luxemburg #blauwbloed https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dd5n0DbUwAAve9f.jpg

Stefan 05-23-2018 03:10 PM

And Máxima has brought out the Stuart tiara
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dd5oTbpVQAANW4H.jpg

Maria Teresa wears the belgian scroll tiara and Stéphanie the choler tiara
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dd5n0DbUwAAve9f.jpg

lucien 05-23-2018 03:14 PM

Oh wow!.....

Marengo 05-23-2018 03:24 PM

It seems to be the Stuart tiara without the Stuart diamond. What a wonderful surprise.

Nobody seems to be wearing the order of the oak crown, which is a pity. According to Justine Marcella no new orders were handed out by either court, the recent State Visit of Queen Beatrix and Introduction Visit by the King probably meant that all involved would have the appropriate orders.

A pity that no other members of the GD family attended the banquet.

Tilia C. 05-23-2018 03:26 PM

I hadn't dared to hope for it! Wow, Maxima looks great, she really rocks that whopper. Maria Theresa looks lovely as well, but I had expected a bigger tiara for her. And the choker tiara is a first-timer for Stephanie, isn't it? Only, I had hoped that Claire and Alexandra would be there as well.

Mbruno 05-23-2018 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Marengo (Post 2114696)

Nobody seems to be wearing the order of the oak crown, which is a pity. According to Justine Marcella no new orders were handed out by either court, the recent State Visit of Queen Beatrix and Introduction Visit by the King probably meant that all involved would have the appropriate orders. .


It looks like they are wearing the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau, which is the highest order in Luxembourg and, therefore, the appropriate order for the King of the Netherlands and his queen consort to wear on a state visit. Or is it a different order ?


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