Máxima steals show during state visit with hole dress: ‘From another planet’ | Abroad

The second day of the state visit to Norway was concluded with a concert by the Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh. There, Máxima stole the show with her ‘holed dress’. The dress with ‘cut-outs’, designed by Danish fashion designer Claes Iversen, who lives in the Netherlands, did not go unnoticed by our eastern neighbours. The German magazine Bunte, for example, wrote that the outfit was rather daring and that the dress looked somewhat ‘otherworldly’. “With this outfit, the other visitors will probably have looked a bit surprised,” one can hear in a video.

Special touch

The three-day state visit of Willem-Alexander and Máxima started last Tuesday and had a special touch. When the king and queen go on a state visit, a visit to a monarchy is invariably a reunion between good acquaintances. Or, in the case of Norway, family friends.

What is special is that the Norwegian King Harald V, the 84-year-old monarch of the oil-rich fjord country, regularly made an appearance at the program. The also elderly Queen Elizabeth sent relatives to accompany our royal couple during performances on the two-day state visit to Great Britain, Harald V himself made an appearance on a number of visits by the King and Queen to his country. For example, he was present in the Munch Museum on Wednesday evening at the concert of cellist Harriet Krijgh. Yet there all eyes were on the queen and her dress.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima offer King Harald, Queen Sonja a concert by cellist Harriet Krijgh.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima offer King Harald, Queen Sonja a concert by cellist Harriet Krijgh.

King Willem-Alexander called the three-day state visit to Norway good for the friendship between the Netherlands and Norway: “Good friendships must also be maintained,” he said during a press briefing on Thursday afternoon.

‘Learn a lot from each other’

On Thursday, the state visit focused on sustainable management of the oceans and the transition to sustainable energy sources. At the technical university of the city of Trondheim, a panel discussion between companies, researchers and students was on the program about wind energy and hydrogen.

“There is no healthy planet without healthy oceans,” said Haakon. Máxima said on Thursday that the Netherlands and Norway can learn a lot from each other in the field of sustainability: “And that just proves how important this state visit was.”

Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon was able to participate for the first time in the state visit of his good friend Willem-Alexander in Trondheim on Thursday. Haakon was forced to miss the first two days. He had a mild cold and was afraid it could be corona.

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima and Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway visit the most northerly energy postion building in the world Powerhouse in Trondheim.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima and Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway visit the most northerly energy postion building in the world Powerhouse in Trondheim.

Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are given a tour of the Plankton Technology laboratory.

Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are given a tour of the Plankton Technology laboratory.

The state visit ended with a visit to Nidaros Cathedral, which was built in the 11th century in memory of King Olav II. It is the place where the Norwegian monarchs are inaugurated, just like we do in Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk.

King concerned about corona infections

During the visit to Norway, King Willem-Alexander expressed his “great concern” about the increasing number of corona infections in the Netherlands.

“Today we have reached the highest number since the start of the crisis. But we also see the number rising elsewhere, including in the countries around us. It is very worrisome. It’s a shame that the crisis is not over and I especially sympathize with the employees in care who are once again on the water. They deserve all the praise,” said the king.

He sees that the solidarity from the first phase of the crisis has disappeared and has given way to resignation. “We still have to be strong together for a while,” said Willem-Alexander. He did not want to anticipate the measures announced on Friday, but was concerned about the discord in society and the differences that are being magnified.

“We have to have mutual understanding. We must fight it together. We can only do it together,” said Queen Máxima.

Grant for Crown domain

Crown domain Het Loo was also discussed during the press event in Norway. King Willem-Alexander announced that he will apply for a subsidy for the management of the crown domain.

It is currently being examined which subsidy is necessary or suitable for which part and purpose of the domain in Apeldoorn. Whether that also means that the nature reserve will remain open almost all year round, Willem-Alexander could not say. The most important thing, according to the king, is the protection of nature. It is a unique nature reserve; people are welcome but it is not a recreational area, he said.

One of the subsidies that the king could apply for is that opening up is compulsory for almost the entire year. But it is not yet known whether the king chooses to do so.

The annual closure of Het Loo for several months has been discussed for several years. Many conservationists and wildlife advocates disagree with the annual shutdown, saying the king hunts with guests in the area in the fall. Willem-Alexander clarified that the royal family no longer holds hunting parties since the abolition of the driving hunt in 2001. “One man or woman goes hunting accompanied,” said the king.


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