Queen Maxima’s awkward encounter with Angela Merkel over Emmanuel Macron

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This week Maxima, 50, and her husband King Willem Alexander, 54, hosted Dutch Olympic athletes at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague to congratulate the medal-winners. The royal couple could be seen shaking hands and excitedly chatting to the athletes, who have just returned from this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Games, which were delayed from last year because of COVID-19, saw the Netherlands scoop up 36 medals in total, including 10 golds.

Máxima’s meeting with the Olympians went a lot smoother than an encounter she once had with Mrs Merkel.

A recently resurfaced video of an interaction between the pair reveals how the German Chancellor was left red-faced.

The two female leaders spoke during the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2019.

After leaving a meeting, Mrs Merkel didn’t realise Maxima had spoken to France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and President Emmanuel Macron.

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The Queen was filmed telling Mrs Merkel: “I’ve spoken to France just now.”

The Chancellor mistook the monarch’s pronunciation and replied: “Which Franz?”

Maxima was left visibly confused and said: “With France, about the environment. With the Minister of Finance and now Macron.”

After the misunderstanding Mrs Merkel and others gathered nearby then broke out laughing as she replied: “Ah, with France, not Franz.”

Maxima was at the UN conference in her capacity as the Secretary-General’s special advocate for financial development – a role she has held since 2009.

While Maxima is still very much involved in public engagements Mrs Merkel is soon set to leave the spotlights of the world stage.

The Chancellor will step down after 16 years in office as Germany goes to the polls for in a general election on September 26.

Mrs Merkel’s governing Christian Democrats (CDU) party has recently slipped further behind its rivals in the polls.

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A forecast by Forschungsgruppe Wahlen showed that its lead had slipped by two points to 26 percent.

According to the poll, the Social Democrats gained three points to equal the opposition Greens’ 19 percent share of the vote.

The frontrunner seeking to succeed Merkel – the CDU’s Armin Laschet – has had a tough time on the campaign trail.

He had to apologise after being videoed laughing as he visited a town affected by Germany’s recent devastating floods.

Mrs Merkel’s departure has been a long time coming after she announced she would leave office this in 2021 almost three years ago.

In a statement at the time she said: “As chancellor and leader of the CDU I’m politically responsible for everything, for successes and for failures.

“When people are telling us what they think of how the government was formed and what they think of our work during the first seven months of this parliament… then it is a clear signal that things can’t carry on as they are.

“The time has come to open a new chapter.”
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