The second day of the state visit started with a visit to the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon. The institute operates laboratories for state-of-the-art biomedical research and an advanced clinic for cancer patients. The King and Queen learned about the treatment methods used and about partnerships with the Netherlands.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and his Portuguese counterpart, Minister Augusto Santos Silva, gave a lecture on European cooperation at the University of Lisbon. They were then joined by the King and Queen, who talked to students about the challenges facing the European Union.
During a trade lunch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima met the members of the parallel trade mission and representatives of their Portuguese network. They also witnessed the signing of partnership contracts.
In the afternoon the royal couple opened a temporary exhibition at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. The Rijksmuseum has provided Rembrandt’s Landscape with a Stone Bridge on loan for the occasion. There are also pieces from the Royal Collections of the Netherlands on display. Following their museum visit the couple were received by Prime Minister António Costa.
In the evening the King and Queen hosted a concert and reception to thank the president and Portuguese invitees for their hospitality during the state visit. There was a performance by the Dutch-Frisian singer Nynke Laverman and fado singer Cristina Branco at the National Theatre D. Maria II. Following the concert the King and Queen said farewell to the president.
If you missed Day One, visit here.
University of Lisbon
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
Concert + Reception