By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
Netherlands Ambassador to Mexico Margriet Leemhuis and her husband David Zeverijn marked their country’s fifth King’s Day (Koningsdag) on Friday, April 27, with a diplomatic reception at Mexico City’s Espacio CDMX in Chapultepec Park.
The event honored the European nation’s monarch, King Willem-Alexander’s 51st birthday.
The first male monarch in the country since 1890, Willem-Alexander took the throne in April 2013, following his mother’s abdication after a 33-year-reign.
During her national day speech, Leemhuis spoke about the strong and growing bilateral ties between her country and Mexico, noting that President Enrique Peña Nieto paid a state visit to the Netherlands earlier this month and met with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.
The purpose of that visit was to strengthen and broaden binational political relations and expand economic cooperation in the energy and offshore, maritime, water, agricultural and infrastructure sectors.
Leemhuis also spoke about the recent renovation of the global accord between Mexico and the European Union, noting that this will help to increase trade and other areas of cooperation even further.
Currently, two-way trade between Mexico and the Netherlands is about $4.3 annually, making it Mexico’s fourth-largest trade partner in the European Union.
Moreover, there are currently over 1,700 Dutch companies operating within Mexico, with an accumulated investment of more than $38 billion, primarily in the banking and financial sectors.
The Netherlands is the number one point of entry for Mexican goods into the European likewise spoke about environmental cooperation, nothing that sustainable development is a key priority for her government and people.
The ambassador likewise spoke about environmental cooperation, saying that sustainable development is a key priority for her government and people.
Mexico and the Netherlands have worked jointly on environmental issues linked to energy, resilience, mobile technology, urban planning, integral water distribution, infrastructure, agriculture and logistics.
Traditionally, the Netherlanders had celebrated Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag), as their national day, in honor of a long history of female monarchs.
The first Koninginnedag was held on Aug. 31, 1885, in honor of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina.
Since that time, the holiday date has shifted with the birthday of the then-reigning queen.
This year constituted the fifth time that a Dutch king was celebrated during the Netherlands national day.