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Indonesia welcomes King and Queen of the Netherlands

Indonesia welcomes King and Queen of the Netherlands

The Indonesian capital Jakarta warmly welcomes Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands who arrived on Tuesday for the state visit.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrived in Jakarta to enjoy a four-day-visit to Indonesia. Upon arrival to the sunny city, the royals thanked for the warm welcome but didn’t shake hands amid fear surrounding the coronavirus.

In fact, the royal state visit to Jakarta comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands has risen to 188. So far, Indonesia has only reported six cases in total, but sadly these have resulted in two deaths.

For both countries, this royal visit has been much-anticipated because it marks King Willem-Alexander’s first trip to Indonesia since he ascended the throne in 2013.

The main aim of the Dutch royal visit is hope to reinforce the cultural link between the two countries. Alas, due to the fears surrounding the Coronavirus, it was announced the royal couple would not shake hands, at the exception of few events, including a reception thrown by President Joko Widodo in Bogor on Tuesday.

As King and Queen stepped out of the plane, they were welcomed by a guard of honour and Indonesian officials. His Majesty was gifted with a customary flower garland while Her Majesty received a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

Maxima’s outfit matched with her husband’s, who looked smart in a blue suit with a crisp white shirt and Vichy tie. Queen’s navy suede heels matched the colour of the dress perfectly.