The Queen to host dinner in the Rijksmuseum on the eve of her abdication

On Monday 29 April, on the eve of her abdication and the investiture of King Willem-Alexander, Her Majesty the Queen will host a dinner in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

In addition to His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange and Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, the guests will include Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Her Royal Highness Princess Irene, Her Royal Highness Princess Christina and Her Royal Highness Princess Mabel.

Among the other guests will be the members of the royal and special delegations (see news item RVD 28 April), the members of the Council of Ministers for the Kingdom, the Governors and Prime Ministers of Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten, the Presidents of the States of Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten, the Presidents of the House of Representatives and Senate of the States General, the Vice President of the Council of State, the Queen's Commissioner in North Holland, the Mayor of Amsterdam and the Director of the Queen's Office.

The dinner will take place in the Gallery of Honour at the Rijksmuseum, home to the museum's most celebrated works from the 17th century, including Johannes Vermeer'sThe Milkmaidand the married coupleMassaby Frans Hals. The most famous of all, theThe Night Watchby Rembrandt, hangs at the end of the Gallery of Honour in the Night Watch Gallery. The Rijksmuseum was reopened by the Queen, following extensive renovation, on Saturday 13 April 2013.