Dutch State Visit to Luxembourg: Day Two

  May 24, 2018 at 7:44 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima started their second day in Luxembourg today, Thursday May 24, with a visit to the Belval steel plant where blast furnaces were built in 1911. Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were present as well.

Belval was the site of Luxemburg’s biggest ironworks until 1997 when the blast furnaces were shut down. In 2001 an international urban planning designed by the Dutch architects’ firm Jo Coenen & Co trasformed Belval from an industrial area into a modern urban district.

Then they paid a visit to the “Cité des Sciences”, a campus of the University of Luxembourg that is located in Belval.  Later the Dutch Royal Couple and the Grand Ducal Couple went to the University of Luxembourg where they visited the “Luxembourg Learning Center” that will be open in September 2018.

At the University of Luxembourg they also attended a meeting titled “Space Resources Use: Luxembourg ‘s next big bet in Space”, focused on the Luxembourg government initiatives in the area of space mining.

Afterwards the King and the Queen, along with the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess, moved to Vianden in the north of Luxembourg where they visited the Vianden Castle. They were welcomed by Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister. During the visit they opened the exhibition “Relations: The Nassaus and Luxembourg”. The exhibition is dedicated to the two branches of the house of Nassau, the Orange-Nassau and the Luxembourg-Nassau and it shows objects from both the Royal Houses, among the others a copy of the document “Primo Divisio” from 1255, a deed of division from which emerged the two Nassau dynasties, Oranje-Nassau and Luxembourg-Nassau.

At lunchtime the Prime Minister hosted a lunch held at the Vianden Castle.

In the afternoon the Dutch Royal Couple and the Grand Ducal Couple partecipated in a business forum entitled “Luxembourg and the Netherlands: Together on the way to a circular economy”. At the forum, focused on circular economy, Smart City and Smart Mobility, were also present representatives of Dutch and Luxembourg companies.

In the evening King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima offered a concert and reception to the Grand Ducal Family held at the Philharmonie Luxembourg concert hall.

Filed under Luxembourg, The Netherlands.

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