The Dutch royal couple, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, kicked off a three-day official visit to Greece at the invitation of Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.
Their official schedule began on Monday with the laying of a wreath at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square.
They were welcomed by Sakellaropoulou at a ceremony at the Presidential Mansion, where the decoration of the royal couple and the President will take place. It was followed by a private meeting between the Greek President and the Dutch royals.
The Dutch King and Queen are scheduled later on Monday to visit the archaeological site of the Acropolis.
Later on Monday, the royal visitors will meet with Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis at Technopolis (“Gazi”) and attend a reception by the Dutch community while, in the evening, President Sakellaropoulou will host a formal dinner at the Presidential Mansion in their honor.
Dutch royals to visit Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki
On Tuesday, the king and queen of Holland and Sakellaropoulou will attend a round-table discussion on violence against women at the National Library of Greece on the premises of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) after which they will attend the 14th competition of innovation and startup entrepreneurship “The Squeeze” at the SNFCC’s Faros (Lighthouse) building.
Later, on the same day, the royal couple will visit the “Elpida” Oncological Unit, the country’s first pediatric oncology hospital, and a school and housing facility for young people.
On Wednesday, the King and Queen will travel to Thessaloniki to complete their official visit to Greece.
The state visit reaffirms the friendly bilateral relations between Greece and the Netherlands, says a statement by the Dutch royal family.
“The two countries have been closely connected for over 40 years within the EU, and for 70 years within NATO,” it was said. “The Netherlands and Greece work together to ensure Europe remains open, innovative, safe and stable.”
“The state visit will focus on issues including cooperation on innovation, sustainability, migration and human rights, and the countries’ partnership within the European Union,” the statement adds.