Dutch royals to travel to Britain for state visit

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will travel to London later this month on a state visit that the Dutch government says will take them from Buckingham Palace to Brixton.

The government said that the first state visit to Britain by a sitting Dutch monarch since Queen Beatrix in 1982 “re-affirms the excellent ties between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom as North Sea neighbours based on shared values in the past, present and future”.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>The Queen and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (PA)</figcaption>
The Queen and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (PA)

The announcement comes as the UK is negotiating its divorce terms from the European Union, of which the Netherlands is a founding member.

The October 23-24 visit will take the royal pair to appointments including a speech in Parliament, a banquet at Buckingham Palace and visit to the London neighbourhood of Brixton.

- Press Association

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