King of the Netherlands in Latvia on state visit

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands began a two-day visit to Latvia June 11.

The king met President Raimonds Vējonis at Riga Castle and will be taking part in various events throughout the day before a banquet in the evening.

To mark 100 years of Latvian independence, King Willem-Alexander will present President Vējonis with a copy of Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age at the National Library of Latvia. The book, by designer Marcel Wanders, depicts various masterworks from from the collection of the Rijksmuseum.

The state visit to Latvia will be followed by a state visit to the Republic of Estonia (12 and 13 June) and to the Republic of Lithuania (13 and 15 June).

"The visits are taking place in the year in which Latvia and Estonia celebrate 100 years of independence, and Lithuania 100 years of regained independence. The independence celebrations and the importance of independence for the three host countries will feature on all three visits," according to the king's official program.

Willem-Alexander will not be accompanied by his wife, Queen Maksima, as originally planned due to a family bereavement.

Royal family members from Sweden and Norway have already visited this year, as previously reported by LSM. 

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