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Dutch State Visit to New Zealand: Day 2, Christchurch

  November 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm by

Today, Tuesday November 8, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima spent the second day of their state visit to New Zealand in Christchurch. The day started with a visit to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, a wildlife park and nature reserve that is dedicated to the protection from the extinction of the kiwi, a New Zealand native bird. The Royal Couple met a kiwi bird and were informed about the … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to New Zealand: Day 1, Wellington

  November 7, 2016 at 6:20 pm by

At the invitation of the Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima began today, Monday November 7, a three-day state visit to New Zealand along with Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Henk Kamp, Minister of Economic Affairs. The Royal Couple were officially welcomed at Government House in Wellington with a traditional Maori ceremony with the performance of a pōwhiri, a traditional … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to Australia: Last Day, Brisbane

  November 4, 2016 at 12:44 pm by

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima spent their last day of the state visit today, Friday November 4, in the city of Brisbane. Arriving in the city yesterday evening, the King and the Queen began their visit this morning at Government House where they were officially welcomed by Paul de Jersey, Governor of the Queensland, and his wife Kaye. Then the signing of the Guest Book took place a meeting along … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to Australia: Day 4, Sydney

  November 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm by

On Thursday November 3, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima started their fourth day of the state visit to Australia with a business meeting along with the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), an agency that works together with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and aims to assist companies that want to invest in the Netherlands. Afterwards the Royal Couple was received by David Hurley, the Governor of the … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to Australia: Day 3, Canberra and Sydney

  November 2, 2016 at 1:43 pm by

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima began their third day in Australia today, Wednesday November 2nd, paying a visit to the Australian War Memorial in Camberra. The Royal Couple laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, placed poppies on the wall of remembrance and then met veterans from World War II and the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. Koningspaar legt krans bij @AWMemorial en ontmoet Australische en … Continue reading

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Colombian President Welcomed To The UK With Traditional Pomp and Circumstance

  November 1, 2016 at 7:20 pm by

In a ceremony full of the pageantry that Britain is renowned for, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia was officially welcomed to the country for the first state visit of a Colombian head of state to the UK. He is being accompanied by his wife, María Clemencia Rodríguez de Santos. Queen Elizabeth II, in a lovely pale green dress and overcoat, and the Duke of Edinburgh headed up the ceremony, where the Duke … Continue reading

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Dutch State Visit to Australia: Day 2

  November 1, 2016 at 7:51 am by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima began the second day of the state visit today, Tuesday November 1st, by visiting the headquarters of Royal Dutch Shell, the Dutch multinational oil and gas company. During the visit the King and the Queen were informed about Shell’s Prelude gas project, a construction of the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas in the north west of Australia that will help to unlock new energy … Continue reading

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Dutch Royal Couple Begin Their State Visit to Australia, First Stop: Perth

  October 31, 2016 at 12:01 pm by

At the invitation of the Governor General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima started today, Monday October 31, their five-day state visit to Australia accompanied by three Dutch Ministers: Bert Koenders Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lilianne Ploumen Minister for Foreign Trade and Development and Henk Kamp Minister of Economic Affairs. First stop of the state visit was at the Government House, the residence of … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day Five in Osaka

  October 14, 2016 at 5:12 pm by

Today, Friday October 14, the fifth day of their state visit, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde left Tokyo early in the morning for a visit in Osaka, the second largest city in Japan. Upon their arrival, the Queen attended a symposium held at the Convention Center of the Kobe University. The symposium, entitled “Collaboration in response to societal challenges between Kobe University and Belgian Universities”, was organized to mark … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Elizabeth and Philip Visit The Great Wall

  October 14, 2016 at 8:00 am by

October 14, 1986: During the first visit of a British monarch to China, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh ensured they saw one of China’s most popular and well-known sites, the Great Wall. The couple are seen below at the Badaling section of the wall.

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Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day Three and Four

  October 13, 2016 at 11:25 am by

On the third day of the state visit, on Wednesday October 12, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, along with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, travelled by train to Yuki, a city in the north of Japan. In Yuki they visited a textile industry where they were given a demostration about the creation of a traditional woven silk textile called Yuki-tsugumi. Back in Tokyo, Queen Mathilde attended a seminar to … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day 2

  October 11, 2016 at 8:11 pm by

Today Tuesday October 11, second day of the state visit, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were officially welcomed by the Japanese Imperial Family. The welcoming ceremony was held in the courtyard of the Imperial Palace in the presence of Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. After the inspection of the guards and the playing of the national anthems, a private meeting took place inside … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Start Their State Visit to Japan

  October 10, 2016 at 6:09 pm by

Following the invitation of the Emperor of Japan, Akihito, and to celebrate the 150th year of diplomatic relations between Japan and Belgium, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have begun today, Monday October 10, a State Visit to Japan. After fifteen hours of flight with stopovers in Ekaterinburg (Russia) and Ulan Bator (Mongolia), the Royal Couple arrived early this morning at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo. They are accompanied … Continue reading

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Queen Silvia Takes The Connaught Tiara To Germany For A State Visit Airing

  October 5, 2016 at 9:28 pm by

The King and Queen of Sweden have today begun a state visit to Germany, with a state banquet held in their honour at Schloss Bellevue by President Joachim Gauck this evening. Queen Silvia brought the Connaught Diamond Tiara with her to Berlin, pairing it with a fuchsia pink evening gown with flower petals along the neckline. The tiara, which features five upright loops of diamonds with a drop pendant in … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde To Pay State Visit To The Netherlands This November

  September 7, 2016 at 8:47 am by

It has been confirmed this morning that King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians will pay a state visit to the Netherlands between November 28 and 30, accepting an invitation from Dutch King Willem-Alexander. The visit is to highlight the “close and wide-ranging relations” and “historic ties and social values” between the two countries. Belgium and the Netherlands are important trading partners. The Belgian and Dutch Royal Couples, November … Continue reading

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State Visit to Japan On Belgian King and Queen’s Agenda

  August 15, 2016 at 7:30 am by

It has been announced that King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians will pay a state visit to Japan this October, on the invitation of Emperor Akihito. The visit will take place between October 9 to 15, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries and to “further develop the relationship of friendship, goodwill and cooperation that our countries have built in a variety of fields”, … Continue reading

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Farewell From Sweden to Bhutan

  June 12, 2016 at 4:17 pm by

On Saturday 11th June, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden have bid farewell to Bhutan following their successful, busy and colourful State Visit. A farewell ceremony took place at Paros International Airport, amid brightly coloured flags and a large portrait of the King and Queen – symbolic of the high respect and genuine warmth shown to Their Majesties during the last few days. Princess Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck and … Continue reading

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From Sweden to Bhutan – Day 3

  June 11, 2016 at 5:35 pm by

  The third day of the Swedish State Visit to Bhutan was spent a number of miles North-East of Thimphu where King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia visited the city of Punakha, who used to be the country’s capital until 1955. Whilst travelling there, Their Majesty’s stopped off at the Wolakha convent to see progress of an the United Nations Population Fund project on life-skills and sexual health. The project … Continue reading

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From Sweden to Bhutan – Day 2 continued!

  June 10, 2016 at 5:50 pm by

  As mentioned yesterday, King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden had a busy first full day of their State Visit To Bhutan with several events attended throughout the day.  So here is a short update of the remaining events Their majesties attended! It was at the Dechenchholing Palace where the King and Queen of Sweden met the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck for lunch.  Three of the … Continue reading

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From Sweden To Bhutan – Day Two of the State Visit

  June 9, 2016 at 5:57 pm by

His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan has given a rare media interview when he spoke to Swedish newspaper, Expressen, about his thoughts on the State Visit of King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia to his country. According to an article  published by Expressen, the King said that he was “incredibly honoured” by the visit and that he thought the Swedish King and Queen are “two very fine people … Continue reading

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