Dutch queen visits San Francisco’s Castro District

San Francisco – 6 September 2022 1. Queen Maxima greeting drag queens

2. Castro Theater marquee greeting queen

3. Queen Maxima walking with Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Rafael Mandelman

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Máxima of the Netherlands: “The Netherlands and San Francisco share so many things in common. But this support to the LGBT community, it is something that we feel so strongly about. And I’m here to not only learn about your history, but also to learn from each other.”

5. Various of Queen Maxima talking with LGBT community members inside tavern

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Máxima of the Netherlands: “We have to make a world equal for everybody. So everybody feels at home wherever they live. This is something we take very serious in the Netherlands, and we are extremely happy to see how it’s been developed here in San Francisco with your leadership, but also the leadership of this amazing community.”

7. Mayor Breed speaking next to Queen Maxima

8. SOUNDBITE (English) London Breed, San Francisco Mayor: “I am so glad when it comes to the rights of the LGBTQ community. We all come together, we stand in solidarity and we make magic happen. And so that’s why it’s so great to be here with the queen and to just really promote the work that they are doing in the Netherlands and what we’re doing in the San Francisco.”

9. Queen Maxima talking with man surrounded by onlookers in front of Castro Theater

10. Exterior of Castro Theater

11. Queen Maxima walking with Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Rafael Mandelman


Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited San Francisco and met with members of the LGBT community on Tuesday as part of a royal visit to California. The queen met with San Francisco Mayor London Breed at City Hall before they visited the city’s Castro District, long know for its gay community. The queen and her delegation stopped by the GLBT Historical Society Museum and Castro Theater before meeting with community members at the Twin Peaks Tavern. During her California visit, the queen is also meeting with Gov. Gavin Newsom and visiting Stanford University and visiting Google headquarters in Mountain View, according to her itinerary. After California, she plans to travel to Texas to visit Austin and Houston. Her husband, King Willem-Alexander, was originally scheduled to make the trip but had to cancel because he is recovering from pneumonia.

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