Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark are on a Business Visit to the Kingdom of The Netherlands, to strengthen the close trade and cultural relations between Denmark and The Netherlands and to support the growth and position of Danish companies in the Dutch market, with a focus on green transition and digital health though visits to companies and research institutions in The Hague, Rotterdam, Delft and Leiden.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess began their visit in Rotterdam, where they were received by the Danish Ambassador before going to the Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague, where they are staying with eh Dutch Royal Family. The following day began with the official opening of business promotions at the New Babylon Conference Center, followed by seminars on “Offshore Wind Energy and Power-to-X” and “HealthTech and MedTech”, a meeting with Danish students in the Netherlands, visits to company stands, and company visits at Shell.
Afterwards, Crown Princess Mary visited Provinciehuis Zuid-Holland to initiate a roundtable discussion on energy efficiency, followed by a visit to the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, while the Crown Prince visited the Dutch Marine Energy Center. The Crown Princely Couple also visited the Peace Palace in The Hague.
In the evening, the Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were joined by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima for an Official Dinner at the Grote Kerk in The Hague. The two couples had recently met at Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s 18th Birthday Banquet in Oslo, after which the Dutch Royals had dropped the Danish Royals in Copenhagen before returning to the Netherlands. The Crown Prince gave a speech:
Your Majesties, Ministers, Excellencies, business leaders, friends of Denmark.
An exciting and intense day has passed, leaving The Crown Princess and I highly motivated to continue further exploring the opportunities within green solutions and healthcare, when we visit Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam tomorrow.
Tonight, let us celebrate the close ties between our two countries. These extend to family relations that go back many, many years. We are delighted to visit the Dutch royal family and to return the state visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima in Denmark in 2015. And we extend our gratitude for the warm welcome, we have received.
As I mentioned this morning, Dutch-Danish relations have benefitted both countries for centuries and we continue to deepen these relations. Today, the Netherlands is Denmark’s 7th largest export market. And the potential for investments and collaboration is even greater.
With one country built on water and the other surrounded by it, we have throughout the centuries managed to turn challenges into opportunities.
This is a vital ability at a time where the world has become more insecure and unstable. The war in Ukraine, the climate disorder and demographic shifts are urgencies that need to be addressed.
Therefore, the partnerships and innovative solutions which we have established are crucial in building a sustainable future. Never have our countries’ friendship been more important.
I thank all the Danish and Dutch companies and associations who are here tonight and take part in finding the right solutions for the many complex challenges that lie ahead.
This visit aspires to boost partnership for green and smart solutions and add a new dimension to Dutch-Danish relations. Witnessing the vivid exchanges today, I am confident we are heading in the right direction.
Let the shared ambitions pave the way for new ideas and stronger cooperation. And let us take a moment to enjoy and share the wonderful culinary experience and entertainment that have been prepared for us tonight.
I wish you all a great evening, hoping it will lead to closer friendships between the Netherlands and Denmark. It is more important than ever.