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Queen Elizabeth II hosts the Dutch King and Queen at the Palace

October 23, 2018 World 2 Views LONDON (AP) – The Dutch king and queen on Tuesday began a state visit…

LONDON (AP) – The Dutch king and queen on Tuesday began a state visit in Britain which will feature full ceremonial honors and a gala banquet.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima in the Netherlands were welcomed Tuesday morning by Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Pavilion on horsemen in central London on a busy autumn day.

The king kissed Elizabeth on both cheeks and snapped his hands when they met. Maxima did the same when she greeted Elizabeth.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and several senior ministers also participated in the welcome ceremony.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, escorted the Dutch royals from the Dutch embassy to the parade grounds and participated in the horse carriage procession to Buckingham Palace.

The Queen plans to host a dinner dinner for his guests in Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening.

It is not clear if she will be joined by her husband Prince Philip, 97, who has largely left public life.

This is the third time the queen has hosted the Dutch royal family for a state visit. The last one was 1982.

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