Visit Guernsey by Ambassador Smits
Ambassador Smits left our shores this week for his first official visit to the Channel Islands.
Our Honorary Consul on Guernsey, Geoff Norman, who has represented the Netherlands in the Channel Islands for an incredible 32 years, has now retired, and the Ambassador wanted to thank him in person for his loyal service.
There was also a surprise in store! The Ambassador awarded Mr Norman with a chivalric honour, the Order of Orange-Nassau, on behalf of King Willem-Alexander. The Order is awarded to those who have earned special merit through their contribution to society.
There are currently 14 Honorary Consuls of the Netherlands based around the UK and the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, whose local knowledge, support to our citizens, and work to strengthen bilateral business links and to promote Dutch culture is highly valued by the Dutch government.
During his visit to Guernsey, the Ambassador also met His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor, Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder and Lady Kathryn Corder at the Government House and attended a public session of the States meeting.