His Majesty King Philippe and Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium will next week pay an official state visit to the Netherlands, at the invitation of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander. The visit will take place from Monday to Wednesday and consist of a series of events.
On Monday, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will wish the Belgian royal couple welcome in a ceremony in Amsterdam. After the official reception, they will hold a reception at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. After the reception, King Philippe will show his respect for the Dutch people by laying down a wreath of flowers at the National Monument on the Dam Square. The rest of the day will go to sign a border agreement and to focus on the common Flemish culture of the two kingdoms. In the evening, there will be a great state banquet at the Royal Palace.
On Tuesday, King Philippe will visit the European Space Research and Technology Centre before he will participate in a meeting with the President of the Dutch Senate and the President of the House of Representatives. After this, the King of Belgium will have a private meeting with the Dutch prime minister before King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde will arrive for lunch. In the afternoon, King Philippe and King Willem-Alexander together will attend a meeting of directors of various companies from the Dutch and Belgian industry. King Philippe will also visit the Netherlands-Flanders Accreditation Organization. In the evening, the Belgian royals will attend a concert.
On the visit`s last day Queen Mathilde and Queen Máxima will travel from Amsterdam with the royal train to Utrecht. In Utrecht, the two will get a tour of the city’s new railway station and the areas surrounding. Queen Mathilde will then participate in the opening of a new laboratory working for the food-service industry. The tour will end on Heeze Castle.