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The official program of the State Visit to Rome, Palermo and Milan:
State Visit to Italy
release | 08-06-2017 | 10:45
His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima put at the invitation of President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella Italy from June 20 to June 23 with a state visit to Italy . Besides Rome will also Palermo in the south and Milan are visited in the north. The King and Queen will be accompanied by Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs. The Royal Couple also brings a state visit to the Holy See in Vatican City on Thursday, June 22 .
The state visit marks the Dutch-Italian relationship based on a shared history and strong interdependence, as founding members of the European Union and active partners in NATO and the UN. In addition, the Netherlands and Italy currently share a seat on the UN Security Council, Italy this year and confirms Netherlands in 2018. The state visit to Italy and deepened the political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries.
Lilianne Ploumen Minister for Foreign Trade and Development simultaneously leading a broad economic mission to Italy. The mission consists of entrepreneurs from the agrifood sector and horticulture, water management and creative industries, with emphasis on quality products, water treatment, textile and fashion and cultural heritage.
Tuesday, June 20
The state visit begins in Rome, where President Sergio Mattarella receives the Royal Couple with a welcome ceremony at the Quirinal Palace.
Then the King and Queen have a meeting with the chairman of the Senate Pietro Grasso, and a lunch meeting with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
In the Altare della Patria, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, put King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima a wreath.
The Royal Couple met with the president of the Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini. Then they talk to the mayor Roman Virginia Raggi.
In the evening President Mattarella offers a state banquet at the Palazzo del Quirinale, where the two heads of state hold a speech.
Wednesday, June 21
In the Sicilian capital Palermo live King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima at the headquarters of the police briefing on judicial and police cooperation between the Netherlands and Italy in the field of combating human trafficking. The approach focuses on criminal organizations carrying migrants from North Africa across the Mediterranean to Europe and uses experience from the fight against the Mafia.
In Molti Volti, a center for culture, entrepreneurship and meet, talk Koning Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima with administrators, counselors and volunteers who make their work relates to the reception of migrants and migrants themselves.
Minister Koenders and his Italian counterpart Minister Alfano living in the University of Palermo in a role of the UN Security Council with Italian and Dutch students.
Mayor Leoluca Orlando receives the Royal Couple in the historic center of Palermo. The King and Queen also visit Palazzo Reale, the seat of the Sicilian parliament. Here they visited include the Cappella Palatina, the former private chapel of the kings of Sicily. It dates from 1130-40 and is considered the finest example of Arab-Norman art in Palermo.
The Royal Couple is also still at a monument to the murdered mafia magistrates, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, in Piazza della Memoria in front of the Courthouse.
To conclude the visit to Palermo takes a lunch place with the mayor.
In the evening, back in Rome, offering the King and Queen to President Mattarella Italian authorities and a tour desk, in gratitude for the hospitality during the state visit. Violinist Janine Jansen performs these contraprestatie in the Palazzo Colonna.
After the concert, the royal couple takes leave of President Mattarella.
Thursday June 22
(Thursday morning found the state visit to the Holy place)
in the afternoon will receive the Dutch Community place at the residence of the Dutch ambassador in Rome, which makes the Royal Couple knowledge with Dutch living and working in Italy.
Then leave the King and Queen to Milan, where particular attention to parts of the economic mission. Italy, the Netherlands, the fifth export market worldwide.
Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala welcomed the Royal Couple in the Museo Cenacolo Vinciano, the mural "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima visit with members of the mission agrifood culinary concept store Eataly. They get a tour and see a show cooking class of Dutch and Italian chef cook who works with domestic products.
In the evening the Royal Couple visit a football clinic for young players from the region. The event works the KNVB, the Italian Football Federation and former Dutch top players at Italian clubs together. Clarence Seedorf receives the King and Queen at the clinic, which takes place next to the cathedral.
Concluding live King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima at the Trade Dinner. All members of the parallel economic mission are present, with their Italian network.
Friday, June 23
In the morning the King and Queen visit the gallery Rossana Orlandi, an Italian talent scout with an eye for Dutch design. She has several Dutch and international designers who have studied in the Netherlands, brought to Milan. They speak with young upcoming designers and renowned Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek.
The royal couple lives in the leading design museum La Triennale parts of the economic mission at. The delegation Cultural Heritage introduced applications for digitization include museums and archaeological sites.
The King and Queen talk about the historical, current and future cooperation between the Netherlands and Italy in the field of innovative water management, such as port development and interregional cooperation.
Finally, the couple visits the exhibition ' Global Denim Awards " , with innovative and sustainable creations by Dutch designers in collaboration with Italian weavers.
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The official program of the State Visit to the Vatican City:
State Visit to Vatican
release | 08-06-2017 | 10:45
His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima bring the invitation of His Holiness Paus Franciscus a state visit to the Holy See in Vatican City The visit will take place on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
The King and Queen are when they visit accompanied by Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs. Liliane Ploumen also Minister for Foreign Trade and Development was present during the visit. From Tuesday, June 20th through Friday, June 23 bring the King and Queen also a state visit to the Republic of Italy .
The state visit to Vatican underlines the bilateral or multilateral links between the Netherlands and the Vatican. Paus Franciscus represents 1.2 billion followers of the Catholic Church. The church is embedded in the local civil society worldwide. The Holy See can make a diplomatic effort from that position at international societal challenges such as conflicts, climate change, poverty and migration.
The morning brings the Royal Couple first visited the Frisians Church. This from 1140 stemming church stands on the site as early as the 8th century together pilgrims from the lowlands came. The King and Queen received by the rector, Bishop Hurkmans, commanding a Dutch weekly wrong here. The church is a symbol of ancient history between the Netherlands and the Holy See and is an introduction to the visit of Paus Franciscus.
The state visit to the Vatican then officially starts with an audience with Paus Franciscus. Upon arrival up the Swiss Guard, and the King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have a conversation with the church leader in the Papal leave. Then the King and Queen have a conversation with the Vatican government, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
Afterwards the King in the Biblioteca Apostolica handed a staff commander attributed to Willem van Oranje. The Catholic Spaniards won the chief executive after their victory over Protestant Dutch rebels at the battle on the Mookerheide (1574). This baton is on loan from the Catalan Jesuit convent of Sant Cugat and contributes William of Orange weapon. From April to October 2018 can visit the staff at the National Military Museum in Soesterberg, during an exhibition on Willem van Oranje.
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