King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit Bruges and Brussels
On Friday October 25, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Bruges in the Province of West-Flanders. The Royal Couple arrived at 11 o’clock and were welcomed at the Provincial Court by the Provincial Governor, Carl Decaluwe and the Mayor of Bruges, Renaat Landuyt. After the welcoming speech of the Governor, the King and the Queen received gifts and signed the Golden Book. Later King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended a working lunch about the issue of border crime and security challenges at sea.
In the early afternoon, the Royal Couple visited to the Town Hall of Bruges where they admired the special exhibition “The Belgian princes in Bruges 1831 – 2013”. They also appeared on the balcony. Outside the Town Hall, the King and the Queen had a chance to greet all the people who were waiting to see them. The visit to Bruges ended with a boat trip on the canals.
On Wednesday November 6, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde ended the Joyeuse Entree through the Provinces by visiting Brussels. The Royal Couple arrived in Brussels at 11 o’clock and were welcomed in the Parliament by Jean Clément the Governor of the Region of Brussels-Capital. After the speeches, the King and the Queen signed the Guest Book. At noon, the Royal Couple were received in City Hall by Freddy Thielemans the Mayor of the City of Brussels.
Then the King and the Queen attended a working lunch about the future of youth in Brussels. In early afternoon the Royal Couple made an appearance on the balcony of the Town Hall and later they also took a walk in the Grand Place in Brussels where they met the people gathered there to see them.
This was the eleventh and last visit made by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde through the Provinces. The Royal Couple started the Joyeuse Entree on September 6 in Louvain.
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