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The Netherlands State Visit – Day 2



The second and final day of The Netherlands State Visit began with a breakfast at Mansion House with the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Shortly before the breakfast, Their Majesties and the Earl and Countess of Wessex signed the guestbook. The breakfast was given by the Lord Mayor and was attended by business leaders from both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. After breakfast, they viewed an exhibition on innovation, showcasing work from businesses from the United Kingdom and from the Netherlands.

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Their Majesties and the Earl and Countess of Wessex were then joined by the Duke of Kent for a visit to the HNLMS Zeeland, which is currently moored next to the HMS Belfast on the Thames. They met with British and Dutch Several Personnel and veterans, including the 101-year-old Kenneth Mayhew, who is one of the four living knights of the Military William Order – the highest Dutch honour. He was involved with the liberation of the Netherlands. They then watched the Royal Marines, and the Royal Netherlands Marines stage a joint water capability demonstration. They used blank ammunition during the demonstration.

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The Royals then moved on to Pop Brixton, which supports local start-ups, where they met entrepreneurs and business owners. Queen Máxima and The Countess of Wessex met with children from the local community who were taking part in an art class at Pop Brixton. They also met with local artists and photographers.

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Their Majesties had lunch with Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street.

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At the end of the day, Her Majesty The Queen officially bade farewell to the King and Queen of the Netherlands at the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace.