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Queen Beatrix visits Qatar

Queen Beatrix writes history on Wednesday. She will be the first Dutch head of state to visit the Gulf state. The emirate of Qatar is the first.

The Queen together with Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima are expected at 11 o’clock at the international airport of the capital Doha.

Then the group goes directly to the palace of host Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, after the inspection of the honor guard the Queen will be received in audience and enjoy a lunch.

Contrast to usual state visits there will be no speeches at the dinner and there is no toast.

At the beginning of the afternoon the royal guests will join the representatives of the Dutch business community, Economic Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen and VNO-NCW chairman Bernard Wientjes who have come to Qatar to new trade agreements.

The Queen then will visit the ultramodern museum of Islamic art and make a short walk through the bazaar of souk Doha. The day ends with a family dinner that the Emir and his wives will offer at Al-Wajba palace.