Queen speaks publicly about Brexit for the first time


Queen Elizabeth with King Willem-Alexander at Buckingham Palace. Image: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Queen has spoken publicly about Brexit for the first time, telling the King of the Netherlands that the values shared by the UK and Holland are "our greatest asset" as "we look toward a new partnership with Europe".

The comments were made during a state banquet in honour of King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima, hosted at Buckingham Palace.

In her speech, the Queen said she looked "with confidence" to the future.

"I recall the state visit of your grandmother Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard in 1972, when I spoke of how our nations' close understanding and relationship would become increasingly important as a new configuration of Europe was emerging," she told Holland's head of state.



"As we look toward a new partnership with Europe, it is our shared values and commitment to each other, that are out greatest asset, and demonstrate that even through change, our enduring alliance remains strong, and as innovators, traders and internationalists we look with confidence to the future."

In her speech, the Queen praised the close links between the UK and Holland which "greatly contributes to the economic and cultural life of Britain".

She added: "The Netherlands are one of the United Kingdom's largest European investors. We have a thriving Dutch community, and artistic and sporting exchanges are at an all-time high".

Mr Willem-Alexander said he regretted the UK's decision to leave the EU, but that he respected the decision of the British people.

The King went on to personally praise Queen Elizabeth, highlighting her appearance in the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, describing her as the "most fearless Bond Girl ever" for her role alongside 007 played by Daniel Craig.


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