State visit to Ireland
His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima are to pay a state visit to Ireland at the invitation of President Michael D. Higgins. The visit will take place from 12 to 14 June.
The royal couple will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stef Blok. In parallel with the state visit, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, will head a trade mission to explore the potential for expanding economic ties between the Netherlands and Ireland.
Broad and deepening relations
The visit can be seen in the context of the broad, deepening political, economic, social and cultural relations between the Netherlands and Ireland. In light of Brexit, too, the Netherlands and Ireland are actively seeking out new markets and forging relations with other countries in Europe. The Netherlands and Ireland have much in common and think alike on many issues, making them key political partners in the EU.
Reception for Dutch residents
On Thursday June 13, a reception will be held at King’s Inns for Dutch residents in Ireland. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will greet the guests and speak to them about their experience of living and working in Ireland.