State visit by the President of Italy - programme
At the invitation of His Majesty the King, the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, will pay a state visit to the Netherlands from Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 November 2022. He will be accompanied by his daughter Laura Mattarella.
The President’s upcoming visit to the Netherlands will reaffirm the excellent relations between our two countries. The bonds between Italy and the Netherlands are strong. As NATO Allies and founding members of the European Union, Italy and the Netherlands share the same values and stand side by side in confronting the major challenges of our time. This state visit will serve to deepen this partnership, as Italy and the Netherlands work together to build a stronger, greener and safer Europe.
The King and Queen paid a state visit to Italy in 2017.
Wednesday 9 November
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will officially welcome the Italian President and Ms Mattarella on Dam Square in Amsterdam. After the delegations have been introduced, an inspection of the guard of honour will take place.
The first day of the state visit will conclude with a state banquet at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, at which the King and the Italian President will both give a speech.
Thursday 10 November
On the second day of the visit, President Mattarella will lay a wreath at The Hague 1940-1945 War Memorial. After this, he will visit the States General, where he will meet with the President of the Senate, Jan Anthonie Bruijn, and the President of the House of Representatives, Vera Bergkamp. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will then welcome President Mattarella to the Binnenhof for a lunch with the government. The lunch will also be attended by the King and Queen.
In the evening President and Ms Mattarella will host a musical performance by Beatrice and Ludovica Rana at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Following the concert, the King and Queen will take leave of Sergio and Laura Mattarella.
Friday 11 November
On Friday, the President and Ms Mattarella will visit the provincial offices in Maastricht as part of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty. At a public event they will be welcomed by the King’s Commissioner in the province of Limburg Emile Roemer, mayor of Maastricht Annemarie Penn-te Strake, and President of Maastricht University Rianne Leschert. President Mattarella will give a speech on the importance of cooperation within the European Union and visit the exhibition on the Maastricht Treaty. The event will be organised by Studio Europa Maastricht.
President Mattarella will end his visit in Heerlen, where he will be welcomed by the city’s mayor Roel Wever. They will visit the Thermenmuseum, a Roman archaeological museum which houses the best preserved Roman bathhouse in the Netherlands. Southern Limburg was part of the Roman Empire between 50 BC and 450 AD.
Government Information Service, no. 287