A state-visit to the UK is highly unlikely during the EU-UK negotiations about the Brexit. It would be a can of worms no Dutch politician (other than the peroxide clown) is willing to open.
As for Italy, that too should be seen in EU-light: Italy is together with The Netherlands and four others, one of the founding members of the ECCS/EC, predecessors of the EU. As such, the ties between our countries have been lengthy and good for all these years.
Germany was visited on national level during a visit shortly after the King became King. And as Germany is a federal union of states who have a large independency amongst each other and in their relation to Berlin, it makes sense to focus on the different Länder, especially from an economic point of view.
And don't forget that in order to pay a state-visit, the King must have been invited first and perhaps no such invitation has been sent from countries like Spain and this could be for numerous reasons. For Spain, the ties with countries in South- and Latin-America are very important and the Spanish Foreign Office could very well have decided to 'use' the budget for state-visits for these countries and not for The Netherlands.
And of course as the Spanish King ascended the throne after the Dutch King, it is royal protocol that he will pay an official state-visit first.
: I cannot always understand why certain
: countries get a State Visit while others are
: passed over.
: A Dutch state visit to Germany makes sense
: it's our neighbour and most important
: economical partner. A visit to Denmark is
: less clear but has several motives to
: understand. It's queen is our King's
: godmother and the peoples of both nations
: have similar ideals.
: France is another big European power so also
: a clear destination for an early state
: visit. The same with Poland, the Poles where
: part of the liberation forces and the Dutch
: Royals have always shown a major interest in
: the newly freed east of Europe.
: What i don't get is why there has not been a
: State Visit to the UK (possibly our second
: or third economical market) since the early
: 80's. A state visit to Italy is strange
: considering that we have more dealings with
: the UK or Spain and those countries are also
: monarchies so i'd expect them to be visited
: before Italy.
: --Previous Message--
: At the invitation of President Sergio
: Mattarella, King Willem-Alexander and Queen
: Máxima will pay a state visit to the Italian
: Republic this summer. Besides Rome, the
: royal couple intend to visit two other
: cities – Milan, in the north, and Palermo,
: in the south.
: The King and Queen will also pay a state
: visit to the Holy See in Vatican City, where
: they will be received by Pope Francis.
: The state visits will take place from 20 to
: 23 June 2017
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