Thursday, 13 October 2016
The King and Queen will be in Perth on Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 1.
Premier Colin Barnett said Western Australia and the Netherlands had a long and strong connection with more than 22,500 West Australians claiming Dutch ancestry by the birthplace of their parents.
"The visit coincides with an exciting period in our State's history, as we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dutch skipper Dirk Hartog on what is now known as Dirk Hartog Island," Mr Barnett said.
"At the Maritime Museum, the King and Queen will officially open the Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World exhibition and unveil Hartog's pewter dish at a private ceremony which is on loan from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
"The inscribed pewter dish left at Cape Inscription by Hartog in 1616 is the oldest known European object found on Australian soil, and due to its fragility, will likely not return to WA again."
Their Majesties will also view a scale model of the New Museum for Western Australia which was designed by a team including Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.
As part of the program, Their Majesties will also visit the Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch at Curtin University to hear about the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project.
"We look forward to welcoming the King and Queen to Western Australia, and further strengthening our connections with the Dutch people and their culture," the Premier said.
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