State visit by Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

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The Dutch royal couple signing the Golden Book of the Technische Universität Berlin

From 5 to 7 July 2021, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima made a state visit to the Federal Republic of Germany at the invitation of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. This visit to Berlin concluded a series of visits the couple had made to the various German states since 2013. They were accompanied by Foreign Minister Kaag and Defense Minister Bijleveld, while Health Minister de Jonge and two state secretaries from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ms. Keijzer and Ms. Yeşilgöz-Zegerius, took part in specific events. The visit had to be postponed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic and took place now with an updated program.
This state visit reconfirmed the strong relationship between the two countries in the political, economic, and scientific sectors, as well as in the cultural domain. As a neighboring country, Germany is the Netherlands’ most important trading partner and a close partner in the European Union, the United Nations, and NATO. The visit highlighted the diverse ways in which the two countries cooperate and had a particular focus on the federal state of Berlin.
The first day of the state visit was dedicated to meeting with President Steinmeier and Governing Mayor Müller, along with ceremonial elements of the visit. The day ended with a state banquet at the invitation of President Steinmeier.

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima

In various visits on the second day, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima dealt in more detail with diverse aspects of German-Dutch relations in the areas of politics, business, science and academia, and culture. The program also included a visit with Chancellor Merkel and a meeting with Germany’s minister-presidents at the Bundesrat. A concert by the Royal Concertgebouworkest Orchestra, a gift from the visiting royals, concluded the day. On the third day, the focus was on Berlin as the capital and as a German state. The program’s priorities were science, higher education, volunteer work, social cohesion, and Berlin’s place in the world.