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On the morning of March 17, 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, accompanied by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Bert Koenders, arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark for a three-day state visit.
The purpose of the visit is to continue the strong and existing trade relations between the Netherlands and Denmark, sustainable wind energy, health care and ensuring the quality of society. The Dutch royal court also noted that the “…state visit provides an opportunity to strengthen the existing cooperation in the economic and social fields with Denmark. Knowledge and sharing of experiences are the focus of this visit.”
Upon their arrival at the airport Their Majesties were warmly welcomed by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark, and Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark and His Serene Highness Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg.
Soon, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima along with members of the Danish royal family were whisked off to Fredensborg Slot were they posed for the press. Thereafter, Their Majesties participated in a meeting with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, at Christansborg Slot in Copenhagen.
In the afternoon, Their Majesties, accompanied by Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, attended a conference entitled, A Socially Coherent Society: Prospects for Societal Development in Denmark and the Netherlands, at Aalborg Universitet. During today’s gathering:
“…leading Danish and Dutch scholars, publicists and students will present their research as well as compare and contrast developments in their respective societies.
Themes to be addressed include welfare and families, happiness, security and trust, solidarity and immigration. Participants at the symposium will also be invited to join roundtable discussions on ‘Happiness and Well being: Challenges and Solutions’.”
In the evening, Their Majesties, members of the Danish royal family along with various Dutch and Danish government officials attended a gala banquet held at Christansborg Slot in Copenhagen.
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