Queen Maxima is set to carry out her first state visit to the United Kingdom this fall. Queen Elizabeth extended an invitation to King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands and his wife to visit the UK from October 23 until October 24 and they accepted. The Dutch monarchs will stay at Buckingham Palace during their trip.
VIEW GALLERY The Dutch King and Queen will visit the UK in October Photo: Steve Parsons/WPA Pool/Getty Images
In a statement, the Royal House of the Netherlands noted, “The state visit reaffirms the excellent ties between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom as ‘North Sea neighbours’, based on shared values in the past, present and future.”
There have been two previous state visits from The Netherlands to the United Kingdom during Queen Elizabeth’s reign. The most recent one took place in 1982 with Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus. Meanwhile, the first occurred in 1972 with Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard. Back in 1958, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth traveled to The Netherlands for a state visit.
VIEW GALLERY The Dutch royals have a good relationship with the British royal family Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
The British royal family is known for having a good relationship with the Dutch royals. Kate Middleton visited The Netherlands back in 2016 — marking her first solo trip abroad. During her visit, the Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed lunch with King Willem-Alexander at Villa Eikenhorst in Wassenaar. One year prior to Kate's trip, Queen Maxima joined the Duchess for Remembrance Sunday Service in London. King Willem-Alexander and his wife were also among guests at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's royal wedding in 2011.
New royal family member Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be not be present for the Dutch monarchs’ visit in October. Instead, the newlyweds will be in Sydney, Australia for the Invictus Games from October 20 to 27, before embarking on a Commonwealth tour.