King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have begun their first state visit to Germany. With the king as co-pilot in the government‘s cockpit, they landed in Berlin, where they were greeted with 21 salute shots. Two German fighter fighter fighters accompanied the aircraft during landing.
President Steinmeier welcomed the king couple in Bellevue Castle, the German President’s office. Willem-Alexander and Máxima stay in Berlin for three days. The journey is just within the term of office of Chancellor Merkel, whom they also meet. With the mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, they visit the Brandenburg Gate this afternoon.
Due to the bad weather, umbrellas were needed:
There are also a state banquet, projects related to the Netherlands, cultural visits and a photo moment on the agenda. The order has been kept secret because of corona, to prevent too many people from daring together to catch a glimpse of Willem-Alexander and Máxima.
A meeting with the Dutch community in Berlin is not going on for that reason. The state visit was actually supposed to be made last year, but was shifted due to the corona pandemic. The visit to Germany is the first state visit since the outbreak of the corona pandemic.
This afternoon, the royal couple posed at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin:
Ministers Kaag of Foreign Affairs, Bijleveld of Defence and The Young of Health are also coming to Berlin.