by: Agence France-Presse

A German flag by accident flapped Monday at an official welcome in Canada for Belgium’s king and queen.

The flag with horizontal stripes of black, red and yellow was affixed to a tree alongside with Canada’s flag outdoors the residence of Governor General Julie Payette.

On Belgium’s banner the black, yellow and red stripes are vertical.

It was imagined to mark a tree that had been planted on the grounds in 1977 by Queen Fabiola, over the past Belgian royal go to, close to the place King Philippe and his spouse Mathilde would additionally plant a sapling.

“While we were preparing for the tree planting ceremony on the grounds of Rideau Hall, it was brought to our attention that there was a mixup with a small flag that was used to help identify the tree planted by Her Majesty Queen Fabiola in 1977,” Governor General Julie Payette’s spokeswoman stated.

“We rectified the situation immediately, prior to their majesties’ arrival at the tree planting.”

The governor normal represents Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s head of state.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde are on a state go to to Canada till March 17 with stops scheduled in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal.

They arrived on the governor normal’s mansion on Monday in an open horse-drawn carriage accompanied by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in gown uniforms of red serge.

Following a cannon salute and an inspection of the guard, King Philippe thanked Canadian troopers for combating on behalf of his nation’s freedom in the 2 world wars.

“We owe our freedom to these soldiers,” he stated.

Afterward the royals proceeded to the tree planting.