Angela Merkel made an awkward blunder as she discussed with Queen Máxima their recent meetings while attending the annual United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York last month. As the Dutch sovereign discussed her talks with France, the German Chancellor interrupted to ask "which Franz" Her Majesty was referring to. After a couple of seconds of unease, Queen Máxima laughed off the misunderstanding as she explained she had recently met with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and Emmanuel Macron.
A video captured the awkward exchange between the pair, with the Dutch Queen filmed saying "'I’ve spoken to France just now," which spurred Mrs Merkel to say: "Which Franz?"
Queen Máxima replied: "With France, about the environment. With the Minister of Finance and now Macron."
To which a now-laughing Chancellor could be seen addressing both her aides and the monarch's saying: "Ah, with France, not Franz."
The Queen of the Netherlands attended the UN General Assembly due to her role as a special advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development within the international organisation.
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Queen Máxima was taken aback as Angela Merkel asked "which Franz?' she spoke to (Image: TWITTER/Amdekunder)
Queen Máxima and Angela Merkel went on to laugh off the awkward blunder (Image: TWITTER/Amdekunder)
As a special advocate, a role she has had since 2009, Queen Máxima has become a champion for more inclusive access to financial services across the world.
According to the official website of the Dutch Royal Family, the Queen "advises on universal access to financial services worldwide, focusing on the economic and social development of low-income groups and small and medium-sized enterprises."
To mark the ten years in the role, Queen Máxima delivered a powerful