Dutch King, Queen meet Sultan Hamengku Buwono X in Yogyakarta

Dutch King, Queen meet Sultan Hamengku Buwono X in Yogyakarta

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti with Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X and Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas of Yogyakarta at the Yogyakarta Palace, Wednesday. (ANTARA/Luqman Hakim/ac)

Yogyakarta (ANTARA) - King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti of the Netherlands met with Sultan Hamengku Buwono X of the Yogyakarta customary sultanate at the Yogyakarta Palace, Wednesday.

King Willem and Queen Maxima arrived at the Yogyakarta Palace at around 10:52 a.m. local time. Sultan Hamengku Buwono's daughters -- Gusti Kanjeng Ratu (GKR) Condrokirono, GKR Maduretno, GKR Bendara, and GKR Mangkubumi -- greeted the King and Queen as they entered through the Keben gate.

The Sultan, in traditional customary attire and accompanied by his wife, Sultana GKR Hemas, then welcomed the King and Queen. The minister of public works and public housing was also seen at the meeting.

Sultan Hamengku Buwono X invited the two royals to the Gedong Jene side of the palace (Keraton), and after around 30 minutes, they exchanged souvenirs and posed for pictures in the foyer of Gedong Jene.

They were then invited to Bangsal Kencana, the royal hall, to witness a performance of the Beksan Lawung ageng dance that drew attention to the tale of the palace soldiers' spirit to train during the ruling era of Sultan Hamengku Buwono I.

Before ending their visit, King Willem and Queen Maxima were served lunch in the palace's Bangsal Manis.

Sultan Hamengku Buwono X of Yogyakarta stated that no special discussions between the royals were held and "only informal chats."

He further noted that King Willem-Alexander also reminisced about the visit he undertook with his mother, Queen Beatrix, to the Yogyakarta palace back in the day.

"This is his second time here. He visited for the first time with his mother, and now, he has come to visit with his Queen," he noted.

The Dutch royals' visit to the Yogyakarta Palace is a part of the state visit to Indonesia. The King and Queen had earlier met with President Joko Widodo at the Bogor Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday.  Related news: President Jokowi, First Lady, granddaughter welcome Dutch King, Queen
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