In the English version, the following background is included.
"Every year the King and Queen visit one or more Bundesländer, and these visits always include an economic dimension."
I noticed the couple visited Bavaria in February 2016, and I assume there might also have been visits in 2015 and 2014? The couple has not paid a state visit to Germany, however, only an introduction visit in June 2013.
Has this unusual new ´tradition´ of visiting new Bundesländer each year (and no formal state visit) been ´explained´ in the Dutch press at some point? It seems somewhat strange to be formally received by the state premiers when they have not been formally received by the Bundespresident.
: The programme, as published on the Royal
: in Dutch:
: * in German:
: * as well as in English:
: Some first pics by Albert Nieboer for PPE