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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and King Carl Gustaf of Sweden during the welcome ceremony at the Hague

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands welcomed Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia yesterday, April 21, 2009.

The official welcome ceremony was conducted at the Hague. Queen Beatrix then hosted a state banquet at Palace Noodeinde in the evening. The banquet was a glittering affair, with tiaras all around for the royal ladies (photo below).

The Swedish royals are on a three-day state visit, at the invitation of the Dutch monarch. The trip includes stops at Den Haag, Amsterdam, Leiden and Groningen, with the aim of fostering continued business and diplomatic ties with Sweden.

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King Carl Gustaf and Queen Beatrix on April 21, 2009 (click for larger image)

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Sweden’s Queen Silvia during the welcome ceremony

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Official portrait during the state banquet on April 21, 2009. Left to right, back row: Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, Crown Princess Maxima and Pieter van Vollenhoven; Front row: Swedish Queen Silvia, Swedish King Carl Gustaf XVI and Dutch Queen Beatrix (click for larger image)

images: Bauer-Griffin (top 3); Newscom (bottom)