King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is set to visit the Netherlands at some point next year to mark the 400th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Stockholm and The Hague. The web site specially dedicated to the festivities will be officially launched next week. Both King Carl Gustaf and Dutch King Willem-Alexander posed for an official photo during the Dutch monarch's visit to Sweden on Monday.
As Europe's junior head of state - only Belgium's King Philip has a shorter reign - Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are making the rounds in Europe, first visiting the other monarchies before moving on to countries like France and Italy.
As part of this tour the Dutch royal couple was in Stockholm on Monday, being welcomed at the Royal Palace by King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia. At Bromma airport Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel had already greeted the Dutch visitors - close friends of the Crown Princely couple. Victoria for instance is godmother to the Dutch heir to the throne, Princess Amalia and Willem-Alexander is godfather to Victoria's daughter Princess Estelle.
At the Palace Prince Carl Philip joined for a luncheon to which Prime Minister Fredrick Reinfeldt and Speaker Per Westerberg were also invited. The Dutch royals afterwards also visited Parliament and the Prime Minister in his Rosenbad office before returning to the Netherlands.
In November King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will visit Colombia and Venezuela in similar one day trips, with the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba as their starting point. © RB; Photo's by © RB, Swedish Court