Friday, May 24, 2013

Dutch King and Queen Visit Luxembourg ***

Their first official foreign visit led the new King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands to a fellow Benelux country, Luxembourg. Apart from being almost neighbours, the two reigning houses share a very familiar relation as they are both branches of the House of Nassau. The first official visit of the King's mother, the former Queen Beatrix, also led her to the Grand Duchy.

Photo: Charles Caratini / SIP
At Findel airport the King and Queen were welcomed by Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. Together the two couples made their way to the palais where they presented themselves (albeit very shortly) to the crowds. After taking a few official snapshots for the royal family album, or rather the newspapers, they were joined by Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie for a private luncheon.

Photo: AFP / Nicolas Lambert
The King and Queen of the Netherlands will also meet with other Luxembourgish dignitaries over the course of the day before being escorted back to the airport by the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess.

Pictures are available at ANP, PPE, Wort in German, Wort in English, Wort in French, AFP, Tageblatt, RTL, DPP, Zimbio, Le Quotidien, the cour, L'essentiel and Belga. Videos are located at NOS, Wort and RTL.

As it is often the case during state visits or other royal occassions, the good people over at Wort have dug in their archives to surface some oldies but goldies. In this case two pictures of King Willem-Alexander and the Grand Ducal Couple from 1991 as well as pictures of the Dutch royal family in general.

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