The King and Queen's state visit to the Netherlands, day 2
The Queen with Crown Princess Maxima in Keukenhof Park. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures
Wednesday 22 April began with a meeting between The King and representatives from the International Court of Justice in the Peace Palace in The Hague. Afterwards, The King participated in round-table discussions on the theme of “Competitive Advantage through Environmental Technology" at Shell's offices in The Hague. Following the discussions, The King met the Speakers of the Dutch Parliament, and Prime Minister Balkenende.
The Queen looking at the painting, “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” by Jan Vermeer, at the art museum Mauritshuis in The Hague. Photo: Jerry Lampen/Reuters
The Queen began her day with a visit to Keukenhof Park, accompanied by Crown Princess Maxima. Afterwards, The Queen visited the art museum Mauritshuis in The Hague, which houses some of the finest works from the Dutch Golden Age by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Jan Steen.
Lunch was hosted by Prime Minister Balkenende at the seat of the Dutch government in the Treves Room at Binnenhof.
Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende pictured here with The King, The Queen and Queen Beatrix, before the government’s lunch in The Hague. Photo: Robin Utrecht/AFP Photo
During the afternoon, The King and Queen visited Leiden University, where The King and Crown Prince Willem Alexander took part in a seminar entitled, "Sustainable cities and the Netherlands Water partnership."
The Queen and Crown Princess Maxima took part in a round-table discussion on children's rights and vulnerable children.
On Wednesday evening, The King and Queen will be giving the traditional reciprocal dinner at Nieuwe of Litteraire Societeit de Witte in The Hague.