SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to Princess Beatrix, formerly Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, as she ends her 33-year reign on Tuesday.
Both conveyed their best wishes to Princess Beatrix as she steps down from the throne.
Dr Tan recalled the princess' visit to Singapore in January this year, which was her last State Visit as Queen of the Netherlands.
He said it marked yet another milestone in the already "excellent state of relations" between both countries.
"Even as you pass the throne to the able hands of your son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, I am confident that you will continue to make important contributions to Dutch society, as you have done through the years," said Dr Tan.
In a separate letter, Mr Lee said throughout her reign as Queen of the Netherlands, Princess Beatrix has inspired many with her generous spirit and commitment to important causes such as peace, tolerance and conservation.
"Under your leadership, the Dutch monarchy has earned respect for its work ethic, with Noordeinde Palace known as a "palace of work". You have represented the Netherlands with dignity, intelligence and empathy. I fondly recall our fruitful discussions during your recent State Visit to Singapore in January. Your visit was a milestone in our bilateral relations," said Mr Lee.
Mr Lee said that Singapore and the Netherlands share many similarities, and enjoy an excellent relationship anchored by history, trade, and people-to-people exchanges.
He said he is confident that relations between the two countries will continue to flourish in the years to come. - CNA/de
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