Warm welcome for Swedish royals on visit to Queen Beatrix

Thursday April 23, 2009

Amid the opulent surroundings of the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, Queen Beatrix drinks the health of her visiting Swedish counterpart King Carl Gustaf.  

Though their meeting took place at a glittering white tie gala, also attended by Crown Princess Maxima and husband Willem-Alexander, the atmosphere was more that of a gathering of old friends.  

In an earlier press conference about the tour with his wife Queen Silvia, Carl Gustaf underlined the long-standing ties between their families. He also recalled that Beatrix' late father, Prince Bernhard, used to ring to wish him happy birthday every year

Photo: © Rex

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