I already discussed Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla in the USA, and now it’s time for the second round of royal tour highlights, this time from King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. I already covered the State Banquet and Reply Dinner earlier this week, so this post is for their other outings in Denmark and Germany.
On March 17, Willem-Alexander and Maxima landed in Copenhagen and were greeted by the adult members of the Danish Royal Family: Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie. I love the curtsies and the hug. Maxima’s grey, bejeweled coat is by Claes Iversen, a Danish-born designer working in the Netherlands. I’m not a huge fan of the slit in the sleeve, but I think the bejeweled design is fun. I hate the peep-toe shoes, though; I don’t ever need to see people’s toes. Mary accessorized her peach-y coat with purple hat, gloves, and bag, and a nice brooch. This outfit looks great and the purple adds a great pop of color. Marie wore a cream coat and a fedora; and Margrethe wore blue and black.
On their second day of the visit, March 18, Willem-Alexander and Maxima were joined by Frederik and Mary for a visit to the island Samsoe in Denmark where they visited a continuation school and took a ride on a ferry boat. Maxima wore a taupe Claes Iversen coat and a fedora, while Mary wore a half-poncho/half-coat thing and fedora. I actually like Max’s outfit, but I’m not keen on Mary’s.
Max also visited Bispebjerg Hospital.
On March 19, Willem-Alexander and Maxima visited Draeger Medical GmbH.
W-A and Max scratched their names into the window of Fredensborg Palace in Denmark to mark their State Visit. Apparently that is a tradition.
Per tradition, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima scratched their names into a window of Fredensborg Palace. pic.twitter.com/spni9vgcq9
— Scandinavian Royals. (@crownprincely) March 21, 2015
Also on March 19, Willem-Alexander and Maxima moved on to Germany, visiting the Thuenen institute and touring the facility, and planting a tree.
In the evening, W-A and Max attended “Offshore Wind in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark”, a renewable energy exhibition, at the chamber of commerce where W-A gave a speech.
He spoke about why cooperation between the three countries (Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark) is essential in fighting climate change, saying in part (full transcript here): “The fight against climate change is urgent. And offshore wind energy is one of our main assets in that battle. The answer is blowing in the wind. Precisely our three countries have many offshore wind expertise. Therefore, it is good that we join forces.”
On March 20, W-A and Max watched the solar eclipse in Hamburg.
W-A and Max visited the Fish Market. Maxima wore a beautiful red dress and wrap, with matching red gloves, hat, and clutch (and shoes). She wore a gorgeous diamond moth (?) brooch.
W-A and Max visited Hamburg townhall, where they signed the Golden Book of the City of Hamburg – after viewing W-A’s parent’s signatures. Then they met the crowds outside the hall.
That concludes the tour, but in more Max news, she and Willem-Alexander attended the last concert by conductor Mariss Jansons at the Royal Concert Hall Orchestra in Amsterdam on March 20 after arriving back from Germany.
Then today, March 21, Max was in Tricht painting the walls of a cultural center as part of the national voluntary event NLdoet. W-A joined her in Tricht, painting the floor of the sports area. NLdoet is organized by the Orange Fund, and many members of the Dutch Royal Family take part in the volunteer days.