The King and Queen of the Netherlands welcome the President of Greece and his wife on July 4th
This visit was all about strengthening ties between the Netherlands and Greece. President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and his wife, Vlasia Pavlopoulou, arrived on July 4th and were given a ceremonial welcome. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima welcomed them to the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague with plenty of pomp. The royal couple and their guests seemed to be getting on famously and they posed for photographers before an audience and then a lunch.
King Willem-Alexander's speech at the lunch didn't shy away from big issues. He made mention of the economic problems that have affected Greece in recent years and talked as well about the arrival of migrants across the country in recent months and he praised the way that many in the country have welcomed those arriving there for the first time. He also made reference to Aristotle, telling his guests that guidance can be found in the words of the famous philosopher, urging a focus on rational thought, empathy and courage.
As if his words of welcome weren't warm enough, the Queen of the Netherlands added a splash of sunshine to proceedings by wearing a dress with a picture of a desert island on it. Yes, an actual desert island complete with palm trees, sand and sea. Only Maxima.
She added a huge lipstick pink hat and a bags of confidence and looked pretty sensational. It might not be to everyone's tastes but Maxima rocked this look and she can be almost 100% certain that no other royal lady will ever end up in the same frock. And it added yet another spark of sunshine to a short but sweet visit.