Welkom in Groot-Brittannië!

Today, Horse Guards plays host to the Dutch Royal Family; Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherland are to meet with the Queen, the first time in over 36 years that a Dutch Royal has visited to the UK.

From the 17th century to the present day, trade relations between our countries continue to flourish; The Netherlands is the UK’s third largest trading partner. King Charles II, the founder of the Household Cavalry regiment, spent much of his twenties following his father’s execution and his own exile following the end of the English Civil War in the Netherlands, and there were Dutch soldiers amongst the 500 soldiers that were the basis of the Life Guards that accompanied Charles back to England in 1660 to be crowned King. The Household Cavalry Regiment are to be part of events on Horse Guard Parade this morning to greet the Dutch Royals during their visit to the UK.