Belgian Official Visit to the German Federal States of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt: Day One
Today, Tuesday July 9, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde began a two-day official visit to the German Federal States of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt.
Upon the arrival at the Erfurt-Weimar Airport the Royal Couple was welcomed by Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia, and his wife, Germana Alberti vom Hofe.
The King and the Queen started the visit in Gotha where they were welcomed at the Friedenstein Castle by the Lord Mayor Knut Kreuch. In the castle King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were informed about the family history of the Belgian Royal Family that comes from the house of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha and in the throne room signed the Golden Books.
In Weimar, in the afternoon, the Royal Couple paid a visit to former concentration camp Buchenwald where they toured the permanent exhibition focused on the history of the concentration camp.
Then the King and the Queen visited the Buchenwald concentration camp memorial where they laid wreaths to commemorated the victims of the Second World War.
Afterwards at the Neues Museum the Royal Couple toured the new permanent exhibition “Van de Velde, Nietzsche and Modernism around 1900” that presents, among the others, numerous exhibits by the Belgian artist and architect Henry van de Veldes. The King and the Queen also paid a visit to the new Bauhaus Museum Weimar opened in 2019 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus founded in Weimar in 1919.
Visite officielle de deux jours dans les Länder allemands de @thueringende et de @sachsenanhalt. Accueil traditionnel avec du pain et du sel dans le Schloss @Friedenstein à #Gotha, la ville d'origine de la famille royale belge.#KnutKreuch #BelgianRoyalPalace #MonarchieBe pic.twitter.com/4jqSnnSCWA
— Belgian Royal Palace (@MonarchieBe) July 9, 2019
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