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Argentinian President and First Lady spent weekend in the Netherlands before official state visit

The Argentinian President, Mauricio Macri and his wife, Juliana Awada, spent the weekend at Kasteel Het Oude Loo in Apeldoorn, near the Loo Palace which was once built for stadtholder-king William III and Queen Mary II of England. They arrived on Saturday and were personally invited to the castle by King Willem-Alexander. The castle is currently being used by the Dutch Royal Family as a country house and guest residence. Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan also stayed at the castle for a few weeks.

Photo by Moniek Bloks

Queen Máxima is quite close with the President of Argentina. During the Christmas holidays, President Macri and his wife visited the King and Queen while they were on holiday in Patagonia and just after Macri’s election he met Queen Máxima at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Today is the first day of the state visit. The president arrived at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam and was met with two groups of protesters. One group supports the President but the other group shouts, “Macri no grata!”

One protester told a reporter of Dutch Online Magazine Nu.nl that: “30,000 political prisoners have disappeared. The President denies this. The people are starving and he’s is here pretending everything is okay.”

The day began with a wreath laying at the National Monument on Dam Square, across the street from the Royal Palace. Later in the afternoon, all four attended a part of the Business Forum in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. They also attended a hockey training with young Argentinian and Dutch hockey players. The first day will be concluded later tonight with a state banquet at the Royal Palace.

On Tuesday the visit continues with a visit to the International Criminal Court and President Macri will have several meetings at the Binnenhof in The Hague, including one with demissionary Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Queen Máxima and the First Lady will visit the Mauritshuis in The Hague, which was also visited by The Duchess of Cambridge on her one-day-visit to The Netherlands. In the afternoon all four will visit the harbour of Rotterdam, where they will be received by the mayor. The state visit will be concluded with a ballet performance in The Hague.

 

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