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Dutch State Visit to the UK 2018

Items from the Royal Collection shown during the visit of King Willem-Alexander

HM The Queen and King William view items in the Picture Gallery of Buckingham Palace

State visits are important occasions that help to strengthen the bonds between countries. In October 2018, HM Queen Elizabeth II welcomed King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands on an incoming State Visit to the United Kingdom. The relationship between Britain and the Netherlands is a particularly close and long-standing one.

Ahead of the State Banquet, a display was laid out featuring objects from the Royal Collection that highlight the connections between the two countries. From the personal union of Britain and the Netherlands in the reign of William III and Mary II, the acquisition of some of the finest examples of Dutch art during the eighteenth century, to the collaboration between the British and Dutch governments in the Second World War and ongoing connections into the twenty-first century, the display covered many aspects of the continuing relationship between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

View a selection of the works below:

Anglo-Dutch relations in the twentieth century

The number of State and Royal Visits attests to the close ties between the two countries

Dutch Recipients of the Order of the Garter

The Order of the Garter highlights the long relationship between the two royal families

William III and Mary II

The 1689 Coronation of William III & Mary II established a personal union between Britain and the United Provinces

The Dutch Gift

Charles II was presented with a fabulous gift to re-establish the Royal Collection in 1660

Dutch Art in the Royal Collection

Subsequent monarchs built up one of the finest collections of Dutch art