Friday, 4 November 2016

Dutch State Visit to Australia: day five

The King and Queen of the Netherlands with the Governor of Queensland and his wife on the final day of the Dutch State Visit to Australia
(photo koninklijkhuis Twitter)

And then we came to the end, After five days, dozens of engagements, several huge necklaces and a selection of stand out hats (we're not just talking Maxima on this last one), the Dutch State Visit to Australia came to an end with a day in Brisbane. We got art, we got technology, we got business - it's what these trips are all about. Welcome to the finale of the Dutch State Visit to Australia.

The end of their State Visit to Australia included a visit to an art exhibition
(photo koniklijkhuis Twitter)

First on the agenda on day five was a meeting with the Governor of Queensland, Paul de Jersey, and his wife, Kaye, at Government House in Brisbane.

The royal couple, with their hosts, then went on to visit the Queensland University of Technology where the focus was on projects dealing with water management. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima heard about co-operation between Australia and the Netherlands in this area and launched a new flood management tool.

There was a chance to hear about work being done to stop flooding as the royal visitors took a boat tour on the Brisbane River before heading to the Queensland Art Gallery where they saw an exhibition about Aboriginal and modern Australian works.

After that.there were just the final formalities of the State Visit to deal with as the royal couple headed to the airport and an official farewell from a representative of the Governor General. Like all well brought up royals, they made sure to say thank you via Twitter as they left Australia. Next stop is New Zealand where their State Visit begins on November 7th. State Visit Australia is over.

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