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State visit to Republic of Korea

At the invitation of President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima will pay a state visit to the Republic of Korea on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 November 2014.

They will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans.

At the same time a trade delegation will travel to the Republic of Korea, hosted by the Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp.

 

State Visit to Japan

At the invitation of the Government of Japan, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima will pay a state visit to Japan from Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 October 2014.

They will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affair, Frans Timmermans.

At the same time a trade delegation will travel to Japan, hosted by the Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp.

 

King to attend commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden in Driel, 14 August 2014

Government Information Service (RVD), no. 229

On Saturday 20 September, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander will attend a ceremony in Driel commemorating the 70th anniversary of the contribution of the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade to the Battle of Arnhem. President Bronisław Komorowski of Poland and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will also be present and will deliver speeches during the service.

During the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944, around 1,500 Polish service personnel, members of the 1st Independent Parachute Brigade, were dropped in the vicinity of Driel, from where they were to support British units, particularly those in Oosterbeek. The Polish units made a major contribution to the eventual withdrawal of the British parachutists.

During those September days of 1944, a bond of friendship developed between the residents of Driel and the members of the Polish brigade. In September 1945 the townspeople adopted the graves of all the fallen Polish soldiers. Since 1946 memorial services have been held in Driel to honour the Poles. Every year the service is attended by a group of Polish veterans. This year, 12 Polish veterans, now living in Poland, the UK, the US, Canada and the Netherlands, will attend the service.

The Driel-Poland Foundation will organise the commemoration in Driel. Since 1994 all memorial services related to the Battle of Arnhem have been coordinated by the Airborne Commemoration Foundation.

 

King and Queen to attend celebration of 200 years of the Kingdom in Maastricht (2), 8 August 2014

Government Information Service (RVD), no. 226

On Saturday 30 August, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima will be attending the celebrations in Maastricht to mark the bicentenary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (see RVD press release no. 185 of 12 June 2014). They will be joined by Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg and Federal President Joachim Gauck of Germany and his partner Daniela Schadt.

Under the slogan Hello World!, this national event to mark 200 years of the Kingdom - the fourth of its kind - will emphasise the Netherlands' international outlook.

The National Committee for the Bicentenary of the Kingdom is organising this event together with the municipality of Maastricht and the province of Limburg. Celebratory events have already been held in Scheveningen, The Hague and St Maarten. In April 2015 there will be a fifth event, in Zwolle, with the celebrations concluding in Amsterdam in September 2015.