Amid the opulent surroundings of the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, Queen Beatrix drinks the health of her visiting Swedish counterpart King Carl Gustaf.
Though their meeting took place at a glittering white tie gala, also attended by Crown Princess Maxima and husband Willem-Alexander, the atmosphere was more that of a gathering of old friends.
In an earlier press conference about the tour with his wife Queen Silvia, Carl Gustaf underlined the long-standing ties between their families. He also recalled that Beatrix' late father, Prince Bernhard, used to ring to wish him happy birthday every year
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