It’s not every day you get invited to meet royalty, but that’s exactly what happened to CATCH Professor Luc de Witte last week.

He joined a group of Dutch entrepreneurs, academics and creatives, volunteers from the Dutch community and Dutch nationals who were invited to meet with His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima during their state visit to the UK.

During breakfast at the Dutch ambassador’s residence, in Hyde Park Gate, London, they discussed current issues that reflected the close ties between the two countries included the concerns about the consequences of Brexit.

Fellow University of Sheffield academic Dr Henriette Louwerse, the Director of Germanic Studies, was also invited to the royal meeting. Dr Louwerse and Professor de Witte were two of only six academics invited to meet with the Dutch King and Queen.