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Protester crashes Dutch royal visit

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016 Rashida Yosufzai and Jennifer Rajca

It was a family gathering of sorts when the Dutch King and Queen met Australians with heritage from the land of tulips and windmills.

But King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima's visit to the nation's capital on Wednesday wasn't without controversy as a protester crashed their tour to demand rights for West Papuans.

The royals capped off their Canberra visit at the National Archives of Australia where they inspected the document which led to thousands of Dutchmen and women heading to Australia, the 1951 migration agreement.

They met Petronella Wensing, who was a 29-year-old mother of two when she arrived after a two-month boat journey in 1953.

She marked a new life Down Under when on her first day she gave birth to her third son, Ed.

"I think the connection will always stay there," she told AAP.

"I hope my kids appreciate the Dutch background."

The royals posed for a picture with a number other Australians with Dutch heritage, including sports journalist Stephanie Brantz.

"Family portrait," Ms Wensing chuckled to them.

But the royal visit didn't entirely go to plan, with the couple met by a protester outside the Archives reminding the Dutch of their colonial history in West Papua.

"Your royal highnesses, welcome to Australia!" he bellowed with a megaphone.

"Next time you see your government, could you please ask them to apologise to the people of West Papua."

In another unplanned moment, the couple earlier arrived at Parliament House to meet a half-Dutch toddler joyfully sitting on the road outside.

Nearly 20-month-old Eleanor Eschauzier waved the Dutch flag waiting for the king and queen after they laid a wreath at the MH17 memorial.

When the little girl in a red coat sitting on the road flopped over and began to cry, the king joked that's what he would do too.

Earlier, the couple visited the memorial for Australian victims of MH17 in a garden adjacent to parliament, laying sunflowers at its base.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Speaker Tony Smith joined them.

The royal couple later met members of the federal police, consular staff and defence representatives who helped in the aftermath of the July 17, 2014 event.

Mr Smith noted 298 people lost their lives, including 196 Dutch citizens and 38 people who called Australia home.

"Australia is very grateful for your country's leadership and solidarity in the response to the MH17 tragedy," he said at a morning tea.

The royals are expected in Sydney on Thursday.

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