Dutch queen concludes visit to Germany

15th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Queen Beatrix, Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Máxima conclude their four-day state visit to Germany on Friday. On the final day of their visit, the Dutch royals will tour the federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia which borders the Netherlands.

In the old industrial city of Essen, the birthplace of the region’s coal and steel industry, they will visit the Ruhr museum, which shows the region’s development since Roman times.

Also on today’s itinerary is a visit to the town of Herzogenrath, just across the border from the Dutch town of Kerkrade. There, the queen, prince and princess will visit the Eurode Business Center, where they will be informed about German-Dutch cooperation in a number of fields, including employment, housing and security.

The Dutch royals began their state visit in Berlin on Tuesday. This is Queen Beatrix’ second state visit to Germany. The Dutch royal family has strong ties to Germany. Dutch royals have traditionally looked to Germany for suitable spouses. The queen’s late husband, her father and her grandfather were all Germans, as were a number of her ancestors in earlier generations.


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