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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to make state visit to Portugal

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will make a state visit to the Republic of Portugal at the invitation of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The visit will take place from 10 to 12 October 2017.

Rebelo de Sousa was appointed as President of Portugal in March 2016. After he had won the election, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander sent his congratulations; the new president answered with a state visit invitation. Now, the two nations have agreed on the date, and the visit is now planned down to the smallest detail.

During the visit there will be a welcome ceremony in the old Portuguese royal palace. Today, this is the official home for the President of Portugal. Photo: fotografar.net via Wikimedia Commons.

Sources in the Netherlands and Portugal have already revealed what the King and President would discuss during the trip. Topics that will be discussed include the shared maritime history of Portugal and the Netherlands and the international cooperation between the two countries. The Netherlands and Portugal are partners in peace, security and prosperity. They work together within the EU, NATO and the United Nations.

During the state visit, the Dutch monarch will also have talks with Portugal’s prime minister and members of parliament. Here is the Portuguese Lecture. Photo: Sharon Hahn Darlin via Wikimedia Commons.

The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands will accompany His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima during their visit to Portugal. A trade mission will be organised in parallel with the state visit. The Netherlands exports goods for 3.1 billion euros to Portugal each year. Portugal exports goods 2.5 billion euros to the Netherlands each year.

The last time a Dutch monarch undertook a state visit to Portugal was in 1990 when King Willem-Alexander’s mother, then-Queen Beatrix travelled to Portugal. In 1989, President Soares of Portugal had a state visit to the Netherlands.

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