Queen Elizabeth II to host Dutch king and queen at palace

Lawrence Kim
October 24, 2018

An evening banquet at Buckingham Palace will begin with speeches by Elizabeth and Willem-Alexander.

So it's no surprise that she pulled out all the stops for a state banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace during her first official visit to the United Kingdom with husband King Willem-Alexander - including the sparkling tiara that crowned her look!

The Dutch king on Tuesday bemoaned the "shadow of uncertainty" hanging over tens of thousands of Dutch and United Kingdom expatriates ahead of Britain's split from the European Union in March.

They were officially welcomed to Britain by the Queen, the visiting head of state kissed the Queen warmly on both cheeks and clasped her hands with his, a gesture that was repeated by his wife.

The carriage for of the ceremonial welcome for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is seen during their ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards Parade in London, Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

They were also greeted by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Home Secretary Sajid Javid, and were escorted by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall from the Dutch embassy to Whitehall. Her Majesty, who has a good relationship with the Dutch royals, threw a lavish state banquet in the king and queen's honour at Buckingham Palace.

The two-day visit is the first official state visit by a Dutch monarch to Britain since 1982.

It is not clear if she will be joined by her husband Prince Philip, 97, who has largely retired from public life.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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