Dutch State Visit to Germany

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands are on a State Visit to the Federal Republic of Germany at the invitation of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, from July 5th to the 7th, which was originally scheduled for June 2020. The State Visit is a confirmation of the good relations between the two countries, politically, economically, scientifically and culturally. As a neighbouring country, Germany is the Netherlands’ most important trading partner, an ally in the European Union, the United Nations and NATO. The State Visit, with a particular focus on the city of Berlin, concludes a series of regional visits that the King and Queen have made to Germany since 2013

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The Dutch State Visits to Germany

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Upon arrival in Berlin, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were welcomed by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and First Lady Elke Büdenbender in an official Welcome Ceremony at the Schloss Bellevue, the official residence of the Federal President of Germany, where the King reviewed the Guard of Honour. The two couples had lunch before exchanging gifts and Orders, with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima pinning on the Dutch Orders on the President and First Lady, while they pinned on the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Afterwards, King Willem-Alexander and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Anne Frank Center, while Queen Máxima visited the Dutch Embassy in Berlin to sign a memorandum by the Prinses Máxima Centrum in Utrecht and the Hopp Children’s Tumor Center Heidelberg, to create better framework conditions for European paediatric oncology. The King and Queen then joined together to visit the Robert-Koch-Institute.

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Later, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima laid a wreath at the Neue Wache, the monument to the victims of war and violence, before meeting the Mayor of Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate and visiting the Rotes Rathaus, the City Hall in Berlin.

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In the evening, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and First Lady Elke Büdenbender hosted a State Banquet in honour of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima (wearing a Jan Taminiau Gown with the Stuart Tiara, House Diamond Earrings, a Diamond Riviere, and the Dutch East Indies Bracelets) at Schloss Bellevue. Both the King and the President gave speeches celebrating the German-Dutch relationship.

The Dutch State Visits to Germany

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