Dutch Working Visit to the German Federal States of Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland: Day One

  October 10, 2018 at 8:46 pm by

Today, Wednesday October 10, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands started a three-day working visit to the German Federal States of Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland.

Upon their arrival, the Royal Couple was welcomed by Malu Dreyer, Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate state, and her husband Klaus Jensen in the courtyard of the Staatskanzlei, the State Chancellery, in Mainz, the capital. After the welcoming ceremony the Royal Couple and the Presidential Couple posed for the official photos and then, inside the palace, in the Stresemann Hall, took place the signing of the guestbook.

At lunchtime the Prime Minister offered a lunch for the Royal Couple.

In the afternoon the King and the Queen went to the city of Oberwesel to attend meetings with German and Dutch representatives of port companies, industry, inland shipping and government. Focus of the meetings were sustainability and innovation of the inland shipping chain.

Then the Royal Couple took a boat trip through the Oberes Mittelrheintal that in 2002 was added to the list of World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.

Afterwards they arrived to the wine growing centre of Bernkastel-Kues where they visited a vineyard, were informed about digitization in viticulture and had meetings with Dutch and German winegrowers and researchers focused on cooperation, climate and technological developments in the wine sector.

In the evening the King and the Queen attended a trade dinner in the city of Trier at the presence of the Dutch and the German delegations.

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