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Jakarta Post

North Sumatra gears up to welcome Dutch royals at Lake Toba

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Tue, March 10, 2020   /   04:43 pm
North Sumatra gears up to welcome Dutch royals at Lake Toba President Joko Widodo (right) accompanied by First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo (second left) and King of Netherlands, Willem Alexander (second right) accompanied by Queen Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti planting a tree during a state visit to Bogor Palace, West Java, Tuesday (10/3/2020) . (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

The North Sumatra provincial administration is gearing up for the visit of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima to Lake Toba on Friday.

The royal couple is scheduled to spend eight hours to visit several tourist sites around the lake.

"It is an honor to receive a visit from the King and Queen of the Netherlands. We will greet our honorary guests at Lake Toba," North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi said on Monday. 

He also invited the public to greet the royal couple with a warm welcome by maintaining a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere as well as by keeping the region clean.

"Surely this visit can bring renown to North Sumatra, particularly Lake Toba,” Edy said. 

North Sumatra administration official M. Fitriyus said King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were scheduled to visit Lake Toba from 10:30 a.m. to 5:10 p.m.

According to Fitriyus, the royal couple’s first stop will be Singgolom Hill in Lintong Ni Huta village. There, the king and queen will take pictures of the lake. 

After that, they will move on to Siambat Dalan hamlet, a traditional Batak village and then to the DEL Technology Institute in the district of Laguboti.

After they finish their trip around Toba regency, the royal couple will visit Ecovillage Silima Lombu at Onan Runggu, Samosir Island. 

They will then take a rest at a hotel in Parapat, where they will give a press statement to reporters, before moving on to Kualanamu International Airport to return to the Netherlands. 

After arriving on Monday evening, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were hosted by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at Bogor Palace in West Java on Tuesday. Their itinerary includes stops in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan and Lake Toba in North Sumatra. (dpk)