Danish royals don their finery for a glittering gala dinner at Bellvue Palace with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife during four-day visit
- Queen Margrethe II and Crown Prince Frederik arrived in Germany yesterday
- The 81-year-old opted to wear a floor length green lace dress for the occasion
- German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife welcomed the royals
- The Danish Queen is visiting for four days where she will lay a ceremonial wreath
The Danish royals donned their finery tonight for a glittering gala dinner with the German president in Berlin.
Queen Margrethe II, 81, cut an elegant figure in a floor length green lace gown as she made a glamorous entrance.
The Danish Queen was adorned with a large diamond encrusted necklace that gleamed from her chest and featured circular pearls.
Meanwhile she was also joined by her 53-year old son, Crown Prince Frederik, the German president Frank-Walter Steinmeie and his wife, Elke Buedenbender for the event on the second day of their state visit.
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Buedenbender stood outside Bellevue Palace ahead of a State banquet, in Berlin
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier talked to the Danish Queen as she rested in a chair during photographs of the banquet
To compliment the Queen’s necklace, she wore a matching pair of earrings and a brooch with the same detailing.
Opting for a simple makeup look, Queen Margrethe chose a pop of red on her lips to tie the whole ensemble together.
Crown Prince Frederik, who stood next to Elke Buedenbender for much of the procession, looked sharp in a formal black suit and patent shoes.
Meanwhile, Elke wore a draping bright red dress to compliment her hair and paired it with a chunky gold necklace.
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II walked closely next to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at they entered the palace
The banquet comes after Germany’s Angela Merkel made an embarrassing faux pas on Wednesday when she tried to fist-bump Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, but was left hanging by the royal.
The German chancellor had rolled out the red carpet for Queen Margrethe’s arrival in Berlin, with the royal visiting the country with her son Crown Prince Frederik.
As the 81-year-old queen stepped out of her limousine outside Berlin’s Chancellery wearing a lilac dress, Merkel stepped forward to greet her.
But Queen Margrethe appeared taken aback when the outgoing Chancellor uncharacteristically extended her fist, offering a rather informal fist bump.
The Danish royals laughed with their German hosts as they stood outside the palace before the banquet began
The Danish royal paused before placing her palm on her chest apologetically, signalling to Merkel that she would not be participating in the greeting which could be considered unbecoming for a queen.
In footage of the awkward exchange in front of a press pack, Merkel was seen also raising her hand to her chest as if to apologise to the royal, before turning to greet Crown Prince Frederik, who had followed his mother out of the car.
The masked trio then walked down the red carpet, and despite the faux pas were shown to be in good spirits as they had their photographs taken.
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe was in high spirits during the visit and could be seen laughing while Frederick had an in depth conversation with Elke
Queen Margrethe of Denmark, known as ‘Daisy’ to family and subjects alike, met with Merkel on the first day of a four-day visit to Germany.
The country’s are neighbours and close allies, and have strong ties politically and economically. The royal will be taking part in remembrance events, among other visits.
The fist-bump-gone-wrong came before a walk through Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate that is customary for state visits.
Despite her age, Queen Margrethe continues to make foreign visits, having made over 50 during her time as queen.