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Queen Margrethe of Denmark stuns as she steps to Bellvue Palace for a banquet in Berlin

Danish royals don their finery for a glittering gala dinner at Bellvue Palace with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife during a four-day visit

  • Queen Margrethe II and Crown Prince Frederik arrived in Germany yesterday
  • The 81-year-old chose to wear a green lace floor-length dress for the occasion
  • German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife welcomed the royal family
  • The Danish Queen will visit for four days where she will lay a ceremonial wreath


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The Danish royal family put on their clothes tonight for a beautiful gala dinner with the German president in Berlin.

Queen Margrethe II, 81, cut an elegant figure in a floor-length green lace dress as she made a glamorous entrance.

The Danish queen was adorned with a large diamond necklace that shone from her breast and contained round pearls.

Meanwhile, she was also joined by her 53-year-old son, Crown Prince Frederik, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeie and his wife, Elke Buedenbender for the event on the second day of their state visit.

Danish Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Buedenbender stood outside Bellevue Palace for a state banquet in Berlin

Danish Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Buedenbender stood outside Bellevue Palace for a state banquet in Berlin

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke to the Danish Queen as she rested in a chair during photos of the banquet

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke to the Danish Queen as she rested in a chair during photos of the banquet

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke to the Danish Queen as she rested in a chair during photos of the banquet

To complement the queen’s necklace, she wore a matching pair of earrings and a brooch with the same details.

Queen Margrethe opted for a simple makeup look and chose a red glow 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 leather shoes.

Meanwhile, Elke wore a draped bright red dress to complement her hair and paired it with a chunky gold necklace.

Danish Queen Margrethe II walked right next to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier as they entered the palace

Danish Queen Margrethe II walked right next to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier as they entered the palace

Danish Queen Margrethe II walked right next to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier as they entered the palace

The banquet comes after Germany’s Angela Merkel made an embarrassing faux pas on Wednesday when she tried to punch Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II but was hanged by the royal family.

The German chancellor had rolled out the red carpet for Queen Margrethe’s arrival in Berlin, with the royal family visiting the country along with her son Crown Prince Frederik.

As the 81-year-old queen stepped out of her limousine in a lilac dress in front of the Berlin Chancellery, Merkel stepped forward to greet her.

But Queen Margrethe seemed surprised when the outgoing Chancellor unusually stuck out her fist and delivered a rather informal punch.

The Danish royal family laughed with their German hosts as they stood outside the palace before the banquet started

The Danish royal family laughed with their German hosts as they stood outside the palace before the banquet started

The Danish royal family laughed with their German hosts as they stood outside the palace before the banquet started

The Danish royal paused before placing her hand apologetically on her chest, a sign to Merkel that she would not participate in the greeting that could be considered inappropriate for a queen.

Footage from the awkward exchange for a press kit showed Merkel also raising her hand to her chest as if apologizing to the royal family, before turning to greet Crown Prince Frederick, who had followed his mother out of the car.

The masked trio then walked the red carpet and despite the faux pas, they appeared to be in good spirits when they had their photos taken.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark was in high spirits during the visit and could be seen laughing as Frederick had an in-depth conversation with Elke

Queen Margrethe of Denmark was in high spirits during the visit and could be seen smiling as Frederick had an in-depth conversation with Elke

Queen Margrethe of Denmark was in high spirits during the visit and could be seen smiling as Frederick had an in-depth conversation with Elke

Queen Margrethe of Denmark, known to family and subjects as ‘Daisy’, met Merkel on the first day of a four-day visit to Germany.

The countries are neighbors and close allies, and have strong political and economic ties. The royal will, among other things, participate in memorial gatherings.

The punch-went-fault came for a walk through Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate, which is common for state visits.

Despite her age, Queen Margrethe continues to make foreign visits, having made more than 50 during her time as queen.

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