Cork is preparing for a visit by European royalty next month.
Dutch monarchs, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will visit Dublin and Cork from June 12 to 14.
The visit will begin in Dublin taking in a meeting with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina and locations including The Garden of Remembrance, Mansion House, National Botanical Gardens and Trinity College Dublin.
The king and queen will visit Cork on their third day, on June 14. They will be welcomed at City Hall by the Lord Mayor before sailing from Cork city to Cobh, where they will hear about the Port of Cork’s development and expansion, including the development of the new deep-sea terminal.
The state visit ends with a visit to Camden Fort Meagher in Crosshaven, where volunteers from Rescue Camden, will meet the royal couple.
Officials have been in Ireland in recent weeks visiting some of the sites on the itinerary.
A statement on the Royal House of the Netherlands website, (translated) states: “Arriving in Cobh, the delegation joins the Dutch companies of the economic mission and their Irish counterparts from the maritime infrastructure and port development sector.
“The Royal Couple will enter into dialogue with companies focusing on port infrastructure and digitization of port services and the development of the Ringaskiddy deep-sea terminal. In addition, attention is paid to cooperation between Dutch and Irish ports.
“In the presence of the King and Queen, further cooperation between Dutch and Irish partners will also be endorsed by a signing ceremony between different parties.” The statement continued: “The state visit ends with a visit to Camden Fort Meagher in Crosshaven. The many volunteer initiatives are central to this visit. Ireland's rural areas have a strong social commitment and a large club life. During a tour of the fort, the Koningspaar will speak with various volunteer organisations from the region that work on social cohesion in various fields. The couple will be welcomed by volunteers from Rescue Camden.”