Belgian and Dutch Royals Attend EU Presidency Concert

  January 22, 2016 at 7:33 pm by

On the occasion of the start of the Dutch Presidency of the European Union, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium along with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands attended on Friday the official opening concert.

The concert, held at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, was performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra that was led by the Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt. They played compositions by Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde” , “Poesis” by Ingvar Lidholm and “Symphony No. 9” by Antonin Dvořák.

At the concert were also present the Dutch Ambassador to Belgium Maryem van den Heuvel, the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the EU Pieter de Gooijer, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders and representatives from the European institutions.

Queen Maxima is Patron of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

On January 1st began the Dutch Presidency of the European Union that will last for six months.

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