In the Sicilian capital of Palermo, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima attended the police’s police station briefing on the judicial and police cooperation between the Netherlands and Italy in the fight against trafficking in human beings. The approach focused on criminal organizations transporting migrants from North Africa across the Mediterranean to Europe, using experiences from the fight against the mafia.
In Molti Volti, a center for culture, entrepreneurship and meeting, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were speaking with administrators, helpers and volunteers who deal with the reception of migrants and migrants themselves.
Minister Koenders and his Italian colleague, Alfano, attended a role-play at the University of Palermo at the UN Security Council with Italian and Dutch students.
Mayor Leoluca Orlando received the Royal Couple in Palermo’s historic center. The King and Queen also visited Palazzo Reale, the seat of the Sicilian Parliament. Here they visited, among others, the Cappella Palatina, the former private chapel of the kings of Sicily. It dates from 1130-40 and is considered the most beautiful example of Arab-Norman art in Palermo.
The Royal Couple take a minut of silence at a monument to magistrates killed by the mafia, such as Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, on Piazza della Memoria opposite the Courthouse.
At the end of the visit to Palermo, a lunch was taking place with the mayor.
In the evening, back in Rome, the King and Queen offered President Mattarella and Italian authorities a concert and reception, as a gratitude for the hospitality offered during the state visit.