King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands are on a 4-day State Visit to Italy and the Vatican from June 20-23 to strengthen political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries.
The Dutch State Visit to Italy began in Rome, where Italian President Sergio Mattarella received King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands at a Welcome Ceremony at the Quirinal Palace.
Afterwards, the King and Queen had a meeting with the Chairman of the Italian Senate, Pietro Grasso, and a lunch meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
Later, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited the Altare della Patria, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where they laid a wreath. They also met with the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini, and talked to the Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi.
In the evening, President Mattarella hosted a State Banquet at the Quirinal Palace in honour of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. Both the King and President gave speeches.
For the day events, King Willem-Alexander wore a navy suit with an orange tie later changing into a mauve tie. Queen Máxima wore a pale pink Natan dress with a Fabienne Delvigne hat and rose quartz earrings, brooch, and bracelets. For the Banquet, King Willem-Alexander wore Black Tie. Queen Máxima wore a Jan Taminiau red evening gown (from King Willam-Alexander’s 50th Birthday) with the Mellerio Ruby Tiara, necklace, and earrings.
Also present at the Banquet were King Willem-Alexander’s cousin Prince Jaime and Princess Viktória of Bourbon-Parma (who wore the base of the Antique Pearl Tiara).
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