At the invitation of President Moon Jae-in, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde will paid a State visit to South Korea from 24 until 28 March.
A site with informations about the visit
Back to 1992! King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola visited then President Roh Tae-Woo in South Korea!
South Korea will be receiving two royal visitors from Europe so far this year, then, with CP Mary of Denmark visiting in May. Shall be looking forward to the trip!
The dress code for the state dinner is "dark business suit" and "cocktail dress". Very disappointing !
It is a packed program though for the King and Queen.
King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and their delegation have arrived at Seoul Airport today, March 25, and started their programme:
** Pic ** belga gallery arrival ** belga gallery day 1 ** rex gallery **
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And here are some photos shared by the Palace:
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** dm article: Stately style! Queen Mathilde of Belgium puts on a glamorous display in a floral printed coat..**
And a video from their arrival!
From inside the plane
King Philip with Queen Mathilde visit the Furniture museum at the first event in South Korea
Day 2 in South Korea started with a wreath laying ceremony at the National Cemetery, a commemoration ceremony at the War Memorial of Korea and visit of the Belgian Monument including participation of veterans, followed by an official welcome ceremony and talks with the President and the First Lady of the Republic of Korea.
King Philippe visited the Seoul National University while Queen Mathilde visited the Korea National University of Arts – School of Music.
King Philippe visited the exhibition "Belgium-Korea Relations in 10 archives", attended the Belgian-Korean symposium "Improving Quality of Life Through Smart Cities" and visited the City Hall of Seoul.
In the evening a state banquet followed.
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** video 4 ** dm article: Queen Mathilde is solemn during a visit to a Belgian war memorial in Seoul before posing..**
Today, March 27, Queen Mathilde attended the opening of the seminar "Innovative solutions for circular economy, sustainable mobility and climate change, while King Philippe attended a Korea-Belgium Business Forum. Mathilde visited the smart city Songdo and a thematic lunch on SDGs. Philippe attended a lifescience and healthcare symposium and a power lunch before meeting with entreprenuers. Mathilde attended an event about the effect of climate change on children and Philippe visited Kukkiwon and viewed a taekwondo demonstration. The day ended with a Belgian concert and reception.
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** dm article: Lady in red! Queen Mathilde is chic in a scarlet suit for a visit to an academic seminar - while King Philippe shows..**
King Philippe visit the international headquarters of South Korea's national sport taekwondo and make a practice too :
“Young people also practice this sport in Belgium. One of them is my own son (Prince Gabriel). He is now very jealous of me."
The final day of the state visit today started with a visit to the Jeon Jin Sang Medical Centre, followed by the official opening of the Belgian Life Festival. King Philippe attended an Investment Luncheon, while Queen Mathilde a luncheon on mental health and well-being. In the afternoon the couple and the delegation departed for Belgium:
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** video ** rex gallery - day 4 ** gettyimages gallery - day 4 **
** dm: Queen of chic! Mathilde of Belgium looks stylish in a bright green dress and 'shoulder robed' checked coat on the final day..**
The visit to South Korea is coming to end:
"We are very grateful to the authorities and the people of the Republic of Korea for the warm welcome and the excellent organisation of this state visit!"
Video as the Royal Couple arrive back home!
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