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Queen Máxima visits center for rehabilitation

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands spent her Tuesday morning in Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands, visiting the Roessingh Centre for Rehabilitation, Research and Development. Roessingh offers rehabilitation care and technical research.

During her visit to Roessingh, Queen Máxima spoke to doctors about rehabilitation technology and cooperation between universities and corporate life. Queen Máxima was given a demonstration in a lab where there are facilities to analyse a person’s walking pattern and their physical limitations and abilities. She was also shown the uses of robotic gloves. These gloves support people with a limited use of their hands, for example after they’ve had a stroke, during everyday tasks.

Queen Máxima also met with researchers, therapists and some clients. They discussed the innovative developments Roessingh is a part of and what those developments could mean for them and future clients. Several clients demonstrated the use of a balance game, which is used to improve a sitting and standing balance. The visit was closed by a young client who demonstrated a therapeutic rehabilitation game.

Queen Máxima has visited a similar centre before in Driebergen-Rijsenburg, which also works for innovation in rehabilitation.

Queen Máxima and her husband King Willem-Alexander have only just returned from a state visit to Australia and New Zealand where they were enthusiastically received. Among other things, they visited a memorial dedicated to Flight MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine. A majority of the victims were Dutch. Next week, the King and Queen will welcome the King and Queen of the Belgians for a state visit. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde will be officially welcomed in Amsterdam with a reception, after which they will place a wreath at the National Monument. Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde will also travel by train from Amsterdam to Utrecht on board the royal train for a tour of Utrecht’s new railway station.

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