Thursday, 14 April 2016

Maxima in the frame

They're used to posing for pictures and having their every move photographed but at the start of a working visit to Bavaria, the King and Queen of the Netherlands were really in the frame. Willem-Alexander and Maxima posed in a giant picture surround as they visited an art museum.

The King and Queen of the Netherlands put themselves in the frame on a trip to Bavaria
(photo @pinakotheken Twitter)

It's certainly an unusual way to continue the age old tradition of capturing kings and queens in art. The royal couple seemed to thoroughly enjoy every second of their brief time as living art before throwing themselves into a tour of the exhibitions at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich and witnessing an agreement between the museum and the Centraal Museum in Utrecht to develop a joint display for 2018.

It was the beginning of a busy day for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima who visit at least one part of Germany every year to support trade and cultural ties. The next stop was BMW where they took part in a seminar on urban mobility and saw some green energy ideas. 

There was a lunch - there is always a lunch - hosted by the Prime Minister of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer. King Willem-Alexander gave a speech in which he said that he was proud of the strong ties between the Netherlands and Bavaria.

No one really wants to see a huge plate of food after a good meal but the Dutch King and Queen headed off to the Viktualienmarkt straight after their lunch to see Dutch-Bavarian co-operation in action and open a new stand celebrating the produce of both.

They got a chance to forget food when they moved on to the Deutsches Museum for a seminar on IT and cyber security and a bit of a sitdown after all that eating.

Maxima was in a lipstick pink dress and hat for the day - first seen last April for the King's Day celebrations of 2015 and looking just as downright fantastic now as it did then.

The evening saw another royal recycling moment as the Dutch queen chose the sparkling gold cocktail dress recently worn in Paris for the dinner held at the Neues Rathaus in Munich.

This meal was all about trade and discussion of the business links between the Netherlands and Bavaria with more of that to come on the second and final day of the visit.  Just keep everything crossed for another image as fun as the one that started the trip off, the moment that Willem-Alexander and Maxima were truly in the frame.

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