The king of the Netherlands himself sat at the helm of the plane on which he flew to Sweden
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Willem-Alexander has undergone flight training and sometimes takes the helm himself
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has arrived in Sweden on a three-day official visit with his wife, Queen Maxima. The visit would have been standard if the monarch himself had not sat at the helm of the aircraft. The Daily Mail writes about this.
The flight to Stockholm was short, but this is not the first time Willem-Alexander has taken the helm. The monarch had already surprised passengers on a KLM flight in 2018 when he revealed that he was the co-pilot.
At the airport, the King and Queen of the Netherlands were met by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel.
Then the royal The people of the Netherlands went in a horse-drawn carriage to the Royal Palace in Stockholm, where they were greeted by the Swedish Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf.
By the way, Queen Maxima at the airport showed a stylish autumn look: a beige dress and a cape coat, back in vogue.
King Carl XVI Gustaf said in a statement that they were honored to receive the King and Queen of the Netherlands. Sweden and the Netherlands are going to strengthen ties in the field of defense and security, which is very important against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine.
Willem-Alexander has already congratulated the King of Sweden on the fact that his country has decided to become a member of NATO.
In addition to politics, the monarchs will also exchange gifts. Willem-Alexander is about to return the ship's bell of the Swedish ship Prinsessan Sophia Albertina, which was lost off the coast of the Netherlands in the 18th century.