Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Dutch Royals Arrive in South Korea

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands arrived in South Korea yesterday to begin a state visit to the country, beginning with a welcoming ceremony in front of the Blue House in Seoul, the office and residence of President of South Korea Park Geun-hye.

The visit is aimed at strengthening ties between the Netherlands and South Korea, while presenting a united front against North Korean aggression in the region.

After the welcoming ceremony, during which the royal couple were accompanied by Ms. Park, they proceeded inside the presidential palace where they signed the official guestbook.

Then it was to more serious matters, as King Willem-Alexander attended a brief meeting with the president on various subjects including mutual cooperation and North Korea. King Willem-Alexander praised South Korea's economic advances through recent decades, and a deal was signed that will see South Korean companies led by the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute upgrade the nuclear reactor at Delft University of Technology and build a new nuclear research facility.

A memorandum on brain research was also signed which it is hoped will boost advances in the research of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Later, the king and queen attended a state banquet.


  1. This is just not my favorite dress on Max, the colors are too blah for her. And I really wish she would quit wearing those ace bandage head wraps, I keep thinking she bumped her head. But after the stellar fashion she wore in Japan, I guess I can forgive this fashion flub. :)

    1. I agree on the dress, Lauri. But I do like the ace bandages. :) They frame her face very nicely.


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