That is why Sylvie Meis was allowed to meet the Dutch royal couple in Berlin

In addition to the Federal Chancellor and Federal President, Máxima and Willem-Alexander also met a well-known television face on their visit to Berlin: Sylvie Meis. But why was the moderator invited?

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King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Queen Máxima have been on a trip to Germany since the beginning of this week. On the first day of their visit, the program included a state banquet in Bellevue Palace, where not only greats from politics such as Jens Spahn and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, but also Sylvie Meis surprised with a glamorous appearance.

Sylvie Meis meets Máxima and Willem-Alexander

The presenter came in an asymmetrical floor-length dress with a high slit in red with matching lips and hair pinned together.

Sylvie Meis at the state banquet in Bellevue Palace. (Source: IMAGO / Photopress Müller)

The 43-year-old was personally welcomed by the Dutch royal couple and raved after a short chat: “As a proud native Dutch woman who lives happily in her adopted country of Germany, I can only say that I was deeply honored.”

Invitation from the Federal President

She was invited by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender to the state banquet, “because as a Dutchwoman I worked in the media for a long time and still work,” Meis explained in an interview with RTL. On the way to the banquet, she was also quite nervous, admits the 43-year-old. The meeting itself felt like “in a movie”.

On Tuesday, Queen Máxima and King Willem-Alexander met Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read about why the Queen’s hat in particular attracted a lot of attention here. More pictures from the visit of the 54-year-old monarch and his 50-year-old wife to Berlin you can take a look at our constantly updated slideshow.

Today, Wednesday, the Dutch royal couple will end their three-day state visit to Berlin. Before that, the two of them want to find out more about key technologies at the Technical University. After a stay in the Herzberge Landscape Park, which is about environmental education for children, they visit the Humboldt Forum. Then the two royals start their return journey.

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