King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima on state visit to Slovakia

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have paid a state visit to Slovakia. They were invited by President Zuzana Čaputová.

The first two days of the visit were spent in Bratislava. The King and Queen were officially welcomed to Slovakia at the Presidential Palace in Bratislava. After the welcome, the royal couple placed a wreath at the “Gate of Freedom”, which was erected in memory of those who died trying to flee the country between 1948 and 1989.

In the afternoon, the royal couple and the president went on a walking tour through the historical city centre. The walk ended at the monument for the murdered investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiance Martina Kušnírová. In the evening, a state banquet was held at the Reduta.

The second day, which coincided with International Women’s Day, began with a debate with Slovakian youth about gender equality and emancipation.

Later that day, the King and Queen met with the president of parliament, Boris Kollár, at Bratislava Castle, before attending the Business Forum “The future is now.”

The King and Queen then visited the LHBTIQ+ cafe Tepláreň. Two people were shot and killed there last year for their sexuality. They met with family of the victims and a survivor. Later that day, they also met with members of the Dutch community in Slovakia. In the evening, they enjoyed a concert.

On the third and final day of the visit, the royal couple and the president visit the Tatra mountain region. In Poprad, they visited a centre for Ukranian refugees. In Liptovský Mikuláš, they visited a school. The state visit ended in the Tatra National Park.

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