Tuesday, 6 July 2021, Berlin, Germany: During a State Visit at the invitation of Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Dutch royal couple, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Máxima, paid a visit to the Bundesrat (German Federal Council, or Chamber for the federal states), and addressed a plenary session attended by various state premiers as well as the plenipotentiaries accredited to the German Federation.
The visit to Berlin marks the end of a series of official trips that the Royal Couple undertook to the various German federal states since 2013. In the latter context, Bundesrat President pro tempore Dr. Reiner Haseloff -Premier of Saxony-Anhalt- also received the Dutch royal couple in the Bundesrat, where the King gave a speech in the plenary chamber to members of the Länder chamber.
On the picture from left to right – front row: Sawsan Chebli, State of Berlin Delegate to the Federation Permanent Secretary for Active Citizenship and International Relations; Manuela Schwesig, Premier of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania; Dr. Reiner Haseloff, President pro tempore of the Bundesrat, Premier of Saxony-Anhalt; Dutch Royal Couple; Bodo Ramelow, Premier of Thuringia; Malu Dreyer; Premier of Rhineland-Palatinate; Tobias Hans, Premier of The Saarland.
Second row from left to right: Dr. Antje Draheim, State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Delate to the Federation; Lucia Puttrich, Minister of European and Federal Affairs and Representative of the State of Hesse at the Federal Government; Dr. Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor of Hamburg; Dr. Birgit Honé, Head of the Representation of the State of Lower Saxony, Minister of Federal, European Affairs and Regional Development; Sabine Sütterlin-Waack, State Minister of the Interior, Rural Areas, and Integration of Schleswig-Holstein.
Picture by © Bundesrat, Frank Bräuer
For further information:
Allocution of HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in the Bundesrat (Federal Council): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VTPuOWK47E
Dutch Royal House: https://www.royal-house.nl/photos/state-visits-outward/germany-july-2021