Queen Beatrix arrives in Oman

Queen Beatrix arrives in Oman

Queen Beatrix arrived at the airport in the Omani capital Muscat at the end of the afternoon (local time).

She was welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said and culture and heritage minister Haitham bin Tariq al Said.

After a brief ceremony the group will go to the royal palace, Bait al Barak, located just outside Muscat.

There Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima can freshen up before meeting Sultan Qaboos, who has invited them for a private dinner.

An official state visit to Oman was postponed this week because of unrest in the Arab country. The Queen has accepted a personal invitation of Sultan Kabus in Oman.

On Wednesday Beatrix, Willem-Alexander and Máxima will travel on to Qatar for a long-scheduled state visit.

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