Willem-Alexander & Máxima: A royal couple on the farm

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The Dutch royal couple listened to the concerns of German farmers during a visit near Berlin.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were guests in an agricultural farm in Nauen, Brandenburg, where they talked about income, price pressure, problems of succession and EU agricultural policy. Both were very interested and discussed with young farmers from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg and the Netherlands. Willem-Alexander spoke German. Máxima informed himself about the financial situation in the industry and also mentioned that the income of farmers was low.

Willem-Alexander wore a dark blue suit while visiting, Máxima wearing a black jacket with a black top and a gray-black skirt and a bright hat. The mood was solved. The daughter of the chief executive, Stefanie Peters, said after a discussion with Máxima: “I learned a lot, it was a great exchange.”

Among the visitors at the farm was the Dutch farmer Jan Derk Koning, who runs a farm with arable and livestock farming nearby. “We were glad that the royal couple were visiting,” he said.

After that, the royal couple arrived at the Einsatzwehr Command of the Bundeswehr in Schwielowsee. There they were greeted by Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) and her Dutch counterpart Ank Bijleveld-Schouten. Previously, the royal couple in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania had been guests.

The three-day trip, which is formally a working visit, ends this Wednesday in Potsdam. During a visit to the State Chancellery, the royal couple is then officially welcomed by Prime Minister Woidke and his wife. There and at the castle Sanssouci an encounter of the king and the queen with citizens is planned.

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