Dutch Royals visit Athens at the invitation Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou


Dutch Royals, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands are on an official three-day visit to Greece following an invitation by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

Their official schedule will begin on Monday (Oct. 31) with the laying of a wreath at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square. They will then be welcomed by Sakellaropoulou at a ceremony at the presidential mansion (09:35), where the decoration of the royal couple and the president will take place. A private meeting between the Greek president and the Dutch royals will take place at 09:45, and will include the president's partner, Pavlos Kotsonis.

At 10:30, the Dutch king and queen will meet with the Ombudsmen of Greece and Holland at the Netherlands Institute at Athens, and at 13:30 they will visit the archaeological site of the Acropolis.
At 15:00 the royal visitors will meet with Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis at Technopolis ("Gazi") and attend a reception by the Dutch community, while at 20:00 President Sakellaropoulou will host a formal dinner at the presidential mansion in their honor.

On Tuesday (Nov. 1), the king and queen of Holland and Sakellaropoulou will attend a round-table discussion on violence against women at the National Library of Greece, on the premises of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), after which (at 11:00) they will attend the 14th competition of innovation and startup entrepreneurship "The Squeeze" at the SNFCC's Faros (Lighthouse) building.

Later on, the same day (12:25), the royal couple will visit the "Elpida" Oncological Unit, the country's first pediatric oncology hospital, and at 15:00 they will visit a school and housing facilities for young people. Their Tuesday schedule will end with a dinner in honor of President Sakellaropoulou hosted by them at the Megaron Concert Hall (20:00).

On Wednesday (Nov. 2), the king and queen will travel to Thessaloniki to continue and complete their official visit to Greece.