King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands have to reschedule their visit to Belgium. The Dutch royals were set to meet with Belgian King Albert II and Queen Paola on October 14, to present themselves as the new King and Queen of the neighbouring country, following custom that a newly minted head of state first visit the more senior one.
The visit however has become redundant as King Albert has announced his retirement, following the examples of his brother-in-law Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg in 2000 and his good friend Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands earlier this year. Come October King Willem-Alexander will no longer be the 'junior' King, as Belgium's King Philip will have reigned for a shorter period.
The meeting could be moved from Brussels to The Hague, or the monarchs who are good friends of each other, could decide to meet at the border.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will pay a courtesy call to Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on July 10th. They already visited Luxembourg, Germany and Denmark. © RB