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Hannelore 10-26-2004 06:01 AM

Polish state visit to Belgium
26, 27 and 28 October 2004. President Alexander Kwasniewski of Poland and his wife will make a state visit to Belgium.

Here's the program:

26 October:

10h30 Arrival at Melsbroek airport. The couple is welcomed by the dukes of
Brabant and Mr. De Gucht.

11h00 Official welcome ceremony at the place des palais in Brussels.

11h25 Official photo at the royal palace

12h00 ceremony at the tomb of the unknown soldier

12h45 Dinner offered by Mr. De Gucht at the Egmont palace

13h00 Private dinner with king and queen at the royal palace

(the president's program:

15h05 Meeting with the presidents of parliament

his wife's program:

15h05 Visit to child focus, with queen Paola)

17h30 Meeting with prime minister Verhofstadt

20h00 Gala dinner offered by king Albert and queen Paola

Hannelore 10-26-2004 06:09 AM

27 October :

Visit to the province Luik

10h30 reception at the town hall

(president's program

11h15 Seminary and visit to the spatial center of the university of Luik

his wife's program

11h05 guided visit to the archeoforum

11h55 guided visit to the cristal factory of Val St Lambert)

13h10 reception and speech by the governor of Luik

13h30 dinner offered by the governor at the provincial palace

then it's back to Brussels

16h25 Closing of the economic seminar

(program of Mrs. Kwasniewski

17h10 visit to the Polish school)

18h00 Meeting with Polish community at the embassy

20h00 Dinner offered by the Polish president at the castle of Terhulpen.

Hannelore 10-26-2004 06:17 AM

28 October:

Visit to the province Flemish Brabant

9h30 Reception at the townhall of Leuven

10h00 Visit to the library of the catholic university of Leuven

(president's program:

10h50 Conference at the university

his wife's program:

10h55 Visit to the Lemmensinstitute and concert)

12h12 Welcome by the province governor and the mayor of Diest.

12h30 reception at the museum

13h00 Dinner offered by the governor of the province

15h45 Visit to the cemetary of Polish soldiers in Lommel

17h15 the president and his wife leave for Warshaw.

Hannelore 10-26-2004 06:22 AM

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Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium welcome Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and his wife Jolanta, 26 October 2004 at the Melsbroek military airport near Brussels. Kwasniewski and his wife are at the start of a three-day official visit to Belgium.

Hannelore 10-26-2004 06:24 AM

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King Albert II and Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski inspect A guard of honour, 26 October 2004, at the Royal Palace in Brussels.

Hannelore 10-26-2004 08:28 AM

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Photos at the royal palace

Hannelore 10-26-2004 12:49 PM

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Pictures from

Hannelore 10-26-2004 01:19 PM

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From Corbis

Hannelore 10-26-2004 01:30 PM

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Van Parys Media

Cathérine Bergeyck 10-26-2004 05:10 PM

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Gala dinner

Cathérine Bergeyck 10-26-2004 05:28 PM

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More, apparently Laurent & Claire weren't present.

Cathérine Bergeyck 10-26-2004 05:55 PM

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More of their arrival today.

Mathilde was in red all day, well it is her favorite color after all ;) She was very elegant, I saw her on the news, walking on that carpet, and she's got an unbelievable natural grace!

Mrs. Kwasniewski is very elegant too...Maybe it's a Polish thing? :)

Alexandria 10-26-2004 07:42 PM

Thanks for all the great pictures Hannelore and Catherine.

Mathilde looks great at the welcome banquet. I love that garnet colour on her -- though hard to think of a colour that wouldn't look lovely on Mathilde!

Were Laurent and Claire present? I noticed Astrid and Lorentz in one of the pictures.

Cathérine Bergeyck 10-27-2004 03:55 AM

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Claire & Laurent weren't present.

Here are some more pictures from the gala dinner.

Cathérine Bergeyck 10-27-2004 03:57 AM

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More form

Cathérine Bergeyck 10-27-2004 04:09 AM

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Offcial welcome at the place des palais

Hannelore 10-27-2004 07:16 AM

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Queen Paola and Poland's First Lady Jolanta Kwasniewska pay a visit to Child Focus. Child Focus is a fairly recent center for missing and abused children. The king and queen have always been very concerned about this issue, and Paola takes nearly all her foreign guests to visit this center.

Hannelore 10-27-2004 07:31 AM

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The welcoming of the Polish president and his wife. For state visits, the royal escort is used.

Hannelore 10-27-2004 07:32 AM

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Filip and Mathilde.

Hannelore 10-27-2004 08:34 AM

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More pictures from the gala night at Laken. Posing for photos, dinner and coffee afterwards at the royal greenhouses.

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