PRIME Minister Theresa May gave an extremely awkward curtsy as she greeted the Queen at ceremonial welcoming of the Dutch royals.
The Queen and Mrs May were at the event to formally welcome King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands on their two day trip to London, the first State Visit in almost 40 years.
The Queen wore a deep purple coat and matching hat with black gloves for the occasion and smiled warmly as she greeted the royals on the steps at the Royal Pavilion at Horse Guards Parade.
However the Prime Minister appeared to have a slightly more awkward greeting with the Queen as she bowed into an uncomfortable curtsy before joining other officials at the ceremony.
King Willem-Alexander kissed the Queen warmly on both cheeks and clasped her hands with his – a gesture that was repeated by his wife Queen Máxima, who wore a blush coat and dress for the occasion.
On Horse Guards Parade, the king – making his first official trip to the UK – was also greeted by Britain’s political leaders including Prime Minister Theresa May, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and the Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
The guard of honour was formed by the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, in their scarlet tunics and bearskins, with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in their shining breast plates and plumed helmets and the Band of the Household Cavalry nearby.
The royals then took a state carriage procession along the Mall in London to lunch at Buckingham Palace.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will then escort Willem-Alexander and Maxima from the Dutch embassy to Whitehall.
This afternoon, the Dutch royals will visit the grave of William III and Mary II of England, the Anglo-Dutch couple who ruled Britain at the end of the 17th Century.
They will also lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey.
King Willem-Alexander will then deliver an address to parliament before afternoon tea with Prince Charles at his official Clarence House residence.
The Dutch monarch has previously spoken of his, and the Dutch government’s, regret about Britain withdrawing from the EU.
In a press briefing with journalists earlier this month the foreign head of state said he would have liked the British people to have voted to remain in EU but they respected their choice.
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Later this evening, the Dutch royals will enjoy a banquet as the Queen plans to host a state dinner for her guests at Buckingham Palace.
It is not clear if she will be joined by Prince Philip, who retired from royal duties last year.
It is the third time the queen has hosted the Dutch royal family for a state visit, with the most recent visit in 1982.
The last state visit from the Netherlands was by Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus in November 1982, while Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip paid a state visit to Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in March 1958.
The State Visit by the Dutch royals will conclude on Wednesday.
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