King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima on day two of their State Visit to Australia
(photo NLinAustralia Twitter)
The royal couple headed to the Ascot Racecourse for the world famous event after a morning that had already taken in business and education. They started off at Shell where they heard all about the largest floating LNG production in the world before heading out of this world on a trip to the Curtin University for a tour of the telescope project, Square Kilometre Array, which is being carried out there.
Honoured to have Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands on campus today. https://t.co/V8yIQu1zAZ #perth pic.twitter.com/uqJODPwjF8— Curtin University (@CurtinUni) November 1, 2016
But it was the final stop on their itinerary that got the most interest as the King and Queen of the Netherlands headed off to the Melbourne Cup.
King Willem-Alexander & Queen Máxima arriving @ #Perth Ascot Racecourse ready for #MelbourneCup races #NLstatevisitAUS #culture @PerthRacing pic.twitter.com/fjKQh61N7R— Dutch Embassy (@NLinAustralia) November 1, 2016
It's known as the 'race that stops a nation' and it's always held on the first Tuesday in November. First run in 1861, just about everyone wants to know who's running, who's watching and who ends up winning.