Programme for State Visit to the UK available
The programme for the State Visit by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima to the United Kingdom, at the invitation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is now available on royal-house.nl. The Royal Couple will visit the UK on 23 and 24 October 2018. They will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stef Blok.
Tuesday 23 October
Before the official start of the State Visit, the King and Queen will meet a number of Dutch citizens who live in the United Kingdom. This will be on Tuesday morning at the Dutch ambassador’s residence.
From there, the King and Queen will move with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to a ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, where they will be welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II. After lunch at Buckingham Palace, the royal couple will view a special exhibition in the Picture Gallery, made up of items from the Royal Collection relating to The Netherlands.
They will then lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and get a short tour of the Abbey, which will lead them past the vault where the Dutch-born Stadholder-King William III and his English wife, Queen Mary II, are buried. Thereafter, King Willem-Alexander will deliver an address to the Houses of Parliament and he and Queen Máxima will speak briefly with several MPs, before meeting the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for tea at Clarence House.
Afterwards, the King and Queen will speak with the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn.
The first day of the visit will close with a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.
Wednesday 24 October
The second day of the visit will first focus on the economic cooperation between the two countries. The day starts with breakfast with the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Mr Charles Bowman, where the King and Queen will be accompanied by the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Thereafter, still at Mansion House, the royal couple will see some examples of innovative work done by Dutch and British businesses and research institutions. The main themes will be artificial intelligence, sustainable production, modern mobility and the challenges of an ageing population.
The focus of the next programme event will be the close cooperation between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom on peace and security. To mark the 45th anniversary of the United Kingdom/Netherlands Amphibious Force, the two marine corps will hold a joint demonstration on the Thames. On board the Dutch patrol ship HNLMS Zeeland, the King and Queen, together with the Duke of Kent, will speak with veterans and military personnel about cooperation in practice.
The royal couple will then visit the south London district of Brixton together with the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
In the afternoon, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, will receive the King and Queen for lunch at 10 Downing Street.
The state visit will end at Buckingham Palace where the King and Queen will take leave of Queen Elizabeth II.