Unifying, representing and encouraging

Besides his formal duties, the King works in the interests of the inhabitants of the Kingdom. As head of state, it is the King's task to unify, represent and encourage the people.


The King seeks to unite people and groups, and supports individuals and organisations in their efforts to promote social cohesion. In this non-partisan role, he gives expression to the prevailing national mood at times of celebration or mourning. The King regularly visits the provinces and pays other working visits to learn of the issues that affect people at local level. Throughout the year he travels to many locations within the Netherlands learning about opportunities, possibilities and problems in different provinces, villages and towns.


The King represents the Kingdom of the Netherlands at home and abroad. He makes a number of international visits, often accompanied by Queen Máxima, and receives heads of state and government on visits to the Netherlands.


The King frequently attends conferences, openings, celebrations, commemorations and other official events. In this way, he draws attention to important social initiatives. In addition to official events, the King also makes informal working visits to learn about specific subjects or organisations.