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Old 10-10-2018, 06:14 AM
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I read on twitter that the mayor addressed the queen in English but she replied in German. I do not recall her speaking German before.
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She did?! Thats great! You are right, she never spoke this language in public before.


HM looks so elegant again! Malu Dreyer (the lady in the red, half unbuttoned suit)?! Oh, well....
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:43 AM
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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima continued their visit in Germany today:


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** gettyimages gallery ** anp gallery ** ppe gallery **


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Old 10-11-2018, 05:15 AM
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It seems that they made a little boat trip on the Rhine yesterday. A great favourite among Dutch pensioners.

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Old 10-11-2018, 05:33 AM
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And one more gallery from today Day 2 in Germany

https://www.rexfeatures.com/set/9922113
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Old 10-12-2018, 04:40 AM
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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima on their final day in Germany today, October 12, visiting the Völklinger Ironworks and Homburg:



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** video 1 ** video 2 ** anp gallery ** ppe gallery ** rex gallery **


** saarbruecker-zeitung gallery: Niederländisches Königspaar zu Besuch in der Völklinger Hütte **
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:12 PM
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The programme for the next visit to a German federal state - Bremen on March 6 - has been released today:


** koninklijkhuis.nl: Koning en Koningin bezoeken Bremen – programma ** translation **
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:11 AM
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On February 22nd it was announced that the states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg will be visited on May 20th-22nd 2019.

The announcement of the RVD mentions close connections with Mecklenburg in the maritime sector and in shipbuilding. It also mentions possibilities to cooperate in coastal protection. And the importance of agriculture, tourism and culture in rural areas. For Brandenburg it mentions the movie industry and creative industries.

https://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/actuee...en-brandenburg

Both states have a lot of connections with the Dutch RF. Let's hope we will see a visit to the fairytale-like Schloss Schwerin and ideally a dinner at Potsdam or Schloss Oranienburg of Pss Louise Henriette with the alternative prince and princess of Orange: Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia. I do not think a member of the RF has visited Schwerin publicly since the First World War. Juliana may have visited relatives there in the interbellum perhaps.
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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are in Bremen, Germany, today, March 6:


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** Pic 6 **


** Pic 7 ** Pic 8 ** Pic 9 ** anp gallery ** rex gallery **


** ppe gallery 1 ** ppe gallery 2 ** ppe gallery 3 ** ppe gallery 4 ** gettyimages gallery **


** butenunbinnen video & gallery: Das war der Tag des niederländischen Königspaares **


** nord24 videos & gallery: Bremerhaven: Die schönsten Fotos und Videos vom königlichen Besuch **


** dailymail: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands cuts a stylish figure in a navy and bronze cape as she joins husband King Willem-Alexander ..**
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The programme of the visit to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg in May has been released today:



** koninklijkhuis.nl: Koning en Koningin bezoeken Mecklenburg–Voor-Pommeren en Brandenburg - programma ** translation **
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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have arrived for their three day visit:


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** ppe gallery ** ppe gallery 2 ** svz gallery: Niederländisches Königspaar besucht Schwerin **


** dm article: Fabulous in fuchsia! Queen Maxima of the Netherlands looks VERY vibrant in a pink top and floral skirt..**
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:50 AM
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Wow, that audience!


Nice hat they visited the impressive Schloss, which was once home to Heinrich von Mecklenburg, maternal grandfather of Princess Beatrix:


Wilhelmina der Nederlanden x Heinrich von Mecklenburg
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Juliana der Nederlanden x Bernhard zur Lippe-Biesterfeld
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And who is the other couple?
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Old 05-20-2019, 11:15 AM
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And who is the other couple?
According the program they must be Ihre Exzellenz Frau Manuela Schwesig geborene Frenzel, Ministerpräsidentin des Landes Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and her husband Herr Stefan Schwesig.
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yes, it's Manuela Schwesig. She was Germany's (social democratic) minister for family affairs until she became minister president of Schleswig Holstein pretty suddenly in 2017 (because her predecessor got cancer).
She got herself a fun organge dress for the special occasion. Normally Social Democrats are only allowed to wear red so she probably took the rare chance
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Old 05-20-2019, 01:25 PM
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It is relatively easy to understand what people say or to read a German text. But to speak it and esp. to write it takes some training. Especially as German has a lot of nouns which is difficult for non-native German speakers.

What do you mean when you say German has "a lot of nouns" ? Are you perhaps trying to say that German nouns, determiners and adjectives are declined according to grammatical case, as Dutch nouns, adjectives and determiners also used to be up to the early 20th century, but not anymore ?


I assume Dutch should be fairly easy to understand for people from Northern Germany as it is much closer to Low Saxon than to standard High German. I don't know if many Germans still speak Low Saxon/Low German at home these days though (probably not).
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For me Dutch is easy to understand but impossible to speak myself..


Day 2 today, May 21, has started with a visit to the shipbuilding company MV Werften Rostock in Rostock-Warnemünde:


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** anp gallery ** rex gallery ** ppe gallery ** ppe gallery 2 **


** gettyimages gallery: DEU: State Visit Of The King And Queen Of The Netherlands - Day Two **


** dm article: Monochrome magic! Dutch Queen Maxima swaps her typically vibrant outfits for a muted look..**
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It isn't all that difficult to speak nor write really.I come from the time there only was ONE Dutch tv station and two Germans,ARD and ZDF so we watched the latter more often then the first...as that only started at 20.00PM....So it came naturally....But imagine and compare that with todays media and social stuff...Another universe..

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Day 2 today, May 21, has started with a visit to the shipbuilding company MV Werften Rostock in Rostock-Warnemünde:


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For me Dutch is easy to understand but impossible to speak myself..


It is the same for me. Quiet easy to understand when not spoken too fast.
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:07 AM
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What do you mean when you say German has "a lot of nouns" ? Are you perhaps trying to say that German nouns, determiners and adjectives are declined according to grammatical case, as Dutch nouns, adjectives and determiners also used to be up to the early 20th century, but not anymore ?


I assume Dutch should be fairly easy to understand for people from Northern Germany as it is much closer to Low Saxon than to standard High German. I don't know if many Germans still speak Low Saxon/Low German at home these days though (probably not).

German is difficult for Dutch to speak because of the complicated grammar. In Dutch we knew the genitive too but almost all genitives have been simplified by using the datif with "van". In German however the genitive is is still very much alive in daily speech.

German:
Des Kaisers neue Kleider.
Meines Vaters Haus.

Old-fashioned Dutch:
De nieuwe kleren des keizers.
Het huis mijns vaders.

Modern Dutch:
De nieuwe kleren van de Keizer.
Het huis van mijn vader.

Therefore a Dutchman would say in German:
"Die neue Kleider von der Kaiser"
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"Das Haus von mein Vater"

which may sound very odd in German ears (but still understandable).

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We can see it at the Court too:
Kabinet des Konings has become Kabinet van de Koning.

Or in the magistrature:
In naam des Konings! has become In naam van de Koning!

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Dutchmen raised in ye oldfashioned Dutch grammar before 1945 should not have too much problems with German.
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