Dutch State Visit to Germany – Day Two

  July 6, 2021 at 3:13 pm by

Today, Tuesday July 6, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima started their second day in Germany by visiting the Reichstag, headquarted of the Bundestag, the German parliament, in Berlin. Upon the arrival the Royal Couple was welcomed by Wolfgang Schäuble, the chairman of the parliament. After an audience with the chairman, the King and the Queen signed the Golden Book of the Bundestag, toured the building and met with members of the Benelux parliamentary group.
Then the Royal Couple paid a visit to the Bundesrat, the Federal Council, where they were welcomed by Reiner Haseloff, the Federal Council President. King Willem-Alexander held a speech in the Federal Council, in the presence of the representatives of the German Federal States. In the speech the King said that both countries have in commonseveral interests such as health and “combating climate change”.
Afterwards the King and the Queen visited the Gropius Bau, a museum of modern art and exhibition venue. At the museum the Royal Couple met with German and Dutch designers and artists and toured “Kosmos Weben”, an exhibition focused on the use and reuse of materials and to avoid raw material wastage.
In early afternoon King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were received by Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, at the Bundeskanzleramt, the headquarters of the Federal Chancellery.
After posing for the photos in front of the German building, the Royal Couple and the Chancellor had a private meeting.
Later the King and the Queen attended a Dutch-German “Hydrogen Symposium” focused on ” the Dutch-German cooperation on amongst others low carbon hydrogen production, international import chains, hydrogen infrastructure and applications in the industry and transport sector”.
In the evening King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima hosted a concert for German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife, Elke Büdenbender. At the concert, held at the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt, performed the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

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