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”.

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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