King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands are on a 3-day State Visit to Portugal from October 10-12 to strengthen political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries.
The state visit started when President Rebelo de Sousa received King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima with a welcome ceremony at the Jerónimos Monastery. The King and Queen laid a wreath at the tomb of Portugal’s greatest poet and national hero, Luís de Camões, toured the monastery ,and had a meeting with the President at the Palácio de Belém.
Afterwards, the King and Queen met the President of Parliament, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, and the Mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, after which they traveled by tram to the neighborhoods of Mouraria and Intendente, where they talked to the leaders of some projects, including those connected to the New Europe-Cities in Transition network.
In the evening, President Rebelo de Sousa hosted a State Banquet in honour of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima at the Palácio de Ajuda. Both the King and the President gave speeches.
For the day events, King Willem-Alexander wore a striped suit with a salmon pink tie. Queen Máxima wore a beige Natan dress with a Fabienne Delvigne hat, large diamond stud earrings, and a diamond bow brooch (worn twice before) with pendants from Queen Emma’s diamond stomacher. For the Banquet, King Willem-Alexander wore White Tie with the sash, star, and collar of the Order of Infante D. Henrique. Queen Máxima repeated a green Jan Taminiau gown with the Emerald Tiara, earrings, necklace with large pendant, brooch, and the sash, star, and collar of the Order of Infante D. Henrique.
Also at the Banquet were the Duke and Duchess of Braganza, claimants to the former Portuguese Throne. The Duchess wore the Dom Luis Diadem and Queen Amélia’s Collier de Chien with the sash of the Order of Saint Isabel.