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Dutch monarchs to visit Italy and the Vatican City

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will visit Italy and the Vatican City on official state visits. The visits will take place from 20 through 23 June of this year.

The King and Queen were invited on the state visit to Italy by President Sergio Mattarella. In the Italian Republic, they will visit Rome, Milan, and Palermo. They will be accompanied by Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Furthermore, a “broad economic mission will take place parallel to the visit, led by the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen,” according to the Royal House of the Netherlands.

In 2012, President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy travelled to the Netherlands on a state visit while Willem-Alexander’s mother, Princess (then Queen) Beatrix was on the throne.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will also be welcomed to the Holy See in the Vatican City by His Holiness Pope Francis. Although the Queen is a Roman Catholic, she does not have privilège du blanc since her husband is not a Catholic monarch. King Willem-Alexander is a member of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. Privilège du blanc is not used by all wives of Catholic monarchs; for example, the Princess of Liechtenstein is not afforded the privilege.

The King and Queen of the Netherlands met Pope Francis last year and were received by His Holiness in a fifteen-minute meeting.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will host a state visit of their own at the end of March when the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri and First Lady, Juliana Awada travel to the Netherlands. Her Majesty met with President Macri last year when she travelled to her home country as part of her role as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.

Further details regarding the official state visit by Their Majesties to the Italian Republic will be released in due course.

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