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Queen Maxima and King Willem push aside royal protocol in unusual state dinner in Germany

Merkel makes awkward blunder during chat with Queen Maxima

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The Dutch royal couple are currently on day two of their first official tour of Germany. They were given a lavish welcome into the country yesterday by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. He threw them a state dinner at Bellevue Palace, where King Willem and President Steinmeier gave speeches that praised the strong ties between Germany and the Netherlands.

However, it appears Maxima and Willem may have not have followed royal protocol during the dinner.

This is because neither of them were wearing their orders.

This is most likely due to the state visit being toned down due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.

Royal orders are also known as badges that usually includes a small portrait of the monarch that is painted on ivory and surrounded by diamonds, before being placed over a ribbon.

They tend to only be worn at formal events, such as yesterday’s state dinner.

According to etiquette website Debrett’s, decorations of order at royal or state occasions, including those in the presence of the Queen.

During his speech, Willem also praised German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He said: “This State Visit has many substantive elements that show how broad our cooperation is.

“They are all extremely relevant. But what I want to convey to you today goes deeper.

“Because under all these cooperative relationships lies a foundation of close friendship.

“Of great confidence. Of kinship. And also proud that we work with you, in Europe and in the world.

“You, Madam Chancellor, have made an unprecedented contribution to this.

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“For almost sixteen years you have also been a beacon of reliability and dedication to the people in the Netherlands in an uncertain world. You have become dear to the Dutch!”

The king and queen also met Mrs Merkel this afternoon and posed for photographs.

The official Dutch Royal Family’s Twitter account posted: “The Royal Couple speaks with Angela Merkel.

“She has been Chancellor since 2005. A hydrogen symposium will then be attended. There are speeches and table discussions about collaboration and innovation.”

Meanwhile, Maxima has been keeping busy during the trip as she held a meeting on the Dutch-German partnership for studying children cancer at the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.

Willem-Alexander also visited the Anne Frank Centre, which is a partner to the Anne Frank Museum in the Netherlands, to learn about their shared partnership.

The couple then both went to Neue Vache, a monument dedicated to victims of war and violence, where they laid a flower wreath.

They then met with Berlin Mayor Michael Müller at the Brandenburg Gate, where they posed for photographs, and then went to the Mayor’s office for a quick meeting.

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