Dutch State Visit to India – Day Four: State of Kerala

  October 17, 2019 at 3:32 pm by

Today, Thursday October 17, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, started the fourth day of the state visit by meeting the Governor of Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
Then the Royal Couple left for the state of Kerala where they will spend the last two day of the state visit.
Upon their arrival at the Cochin International Airport, the King and the Queen were welcomed by Arif Mohammad Khan, Governor of Kerala and Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala.
Afterwards the Royal Couple paid a visit to the Mattancherry Palace, also known as Dutch Palace. Built around 1555, in 1663 the Dutch helped in the extensions and renovations of the Palace that now is a museum. The King and the Queen toured the museum that shown 400 years old Dutch maps of the Kerala coast and then attend the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Nationaal Archief Nederland and that of Kerala State Archives.
Later the Royal Couple paid a visit to Nedspice company, a privately owned group of companies with activities in the processing of spices that focuses on sustainable agriculture. Then they attended a a round table on sustainable agriculture, on cooperation and the importance of Sustainable Developments Goals for the agricultural sector.
In the evening took place a dinner with the authorities of the state of Kerala.

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