Dutch State Visit to Poland

  June 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

Following the invitation of the Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima undertook a two-day state visit to Poland.

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The Royal Couple arrived in the morning of Tuesday June 24th at the Chopin Military Airport of Warsaw, the capital of Poland. At the Presidential Palace, the King and the Queen were welcomed with a welcoming ceremony by President Bronislaw Komorowski and his wife, Anna Komorwska. The national anthems were played, an inspection of the guard of honor and then there was an audience.

After the audience, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Piłsudski Square. At lunchtime the Royal Couple was reunited with government representatives. In the afternooon the King and the Queen visited the Sejm, the Polish Parliament. They were welcomed by the Marshal of the Sejm, Ewa Kopacz.

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Then King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising, dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. They did a tour through the museum, placed a burning candle in the memorial wall and there was the presentation of the renewal of the memorial of Sobibor. In Sobibor during World War II, more than 34,000 Dutch Jews were killed. At the Maczek Monument, the Royal Couple met with veterans of the World War II.

The first day ended with a state banquet at the Presidential Palace. In his speech, King Willem-Alexander praised the Poland calling it “an important partner capable of combining stability with economic growth” and “a strong, flourishing nation that is helping to revitalize Europe.”

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On Wednesday June 25th, the King and the Queen attended the Polish-Dutch Forum with the title “Innovation: Solutions for a Common Future”. They were accompanied by President Komorowski. Then they attended a roundtable meeting about cooperation with Polish and Dutch businesses.

Afterwards, the King and the Queen had a meeting with the Dutch community and attended the performance of the pianists Lucas and Arthur Jussen. Then there was a networking lunch.

In the afternoon, the Royal Couple went to Poznań with a visit to CLIP Terminal, a logistics operator providing services for companies. The King and the Queen visited the National Museum that hosted a seminar on logistics and transport.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

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