Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dutch royals visit Dresden (Germany)

On the third day of their four-day state visit to Germany, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima are visiting Dresden.
The Dutch royals will attend an official reception in the Frauenkirche which, like much of the city, was bombed by the Allies during World War II. The church remained a ruin for long after the war, but was rebuilt in 2005. The queen, prince and princess will also take a walk along other bombsites in the city which have been rebuilt. The walk will end in the Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault) of Dresden Castle which holds the largest collection of art treasures and precious objects in Europe.
In the afternoon, the royals will visit solar panel manufacturers and attend a seminar on green energy. The day will end with a visit to a Dance Academy.