The King and Queen of the Netherlands are to visit the President of the United States of America at the White House this summer. The meeting is one of the highlights of a three day tour that The King and Queen will undertake between June 1st and June 3rd 2015.
The royal couple will have an audience with President Barack Obama at the very start of their tour, which is scheduled for June 1st. Willem-Alexander and Maxima last visited the White House in September 2009 when Willem-Alexander was still heir to the throne. It was here that they spent an hour talking with the President and the First Lady, Michelle Obama.
As well as spending time in Washington D.C., this royal tour will see The King and Queen head to Chicago and Grand Rapids in Michigan. This latest visit to the USA by the Dutch royals is aimed at celebrating the economic, social and cultural links between the two countries. The Royal Household says it will also commemorate the involvement of US forces in the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945.
The US visit will come just weeks after Willem-Alexander celebrates the second anniversary of his accession. He became the first King of the Netherlands in over a century when he ascended his country’s throne on April 30th 2013 after the abdication of his mother, Beatrix, who stepped aside after a reign lasting 33 years.
Just before the first anniversary of his accession, The King and Queen welcomed President Obama to the royal palace of Huis ten Bosch, as world leaders gathered there for the Nuclear Security Summit. The royal couple met the President again in June 2014 when all three attended events marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.
On both occasions Willem-Alexander, Maxima and Barack Obama seemed to get on well, so there is every expectation that the June meeting will be one between friends.
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