Belgian State Visit to Romania – Day 2

  July 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm by

King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium are on a three-day state visit to Romania. Today is their second day, and they went through a pretty full schedule. They visited the Revolution Square in Bucharest with the Romanian Minister of Culture, Theodor Paleologu. Later today, they also paid tribute to the Memorial of Danny Huwe, a Belgian journalist from the Flemish commercial channel, who was killed during the Revolution of 1989. The King, together with two journalists, laid a wreath at the memorial.

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The King and Queen also placed a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Soldier in Carol Park, and they took their time to visit the Stavropoleos church, where they talked to some of the nuns and enjoyed the impressive architecture.

While the King focused on strengthening the political and economic ties between the two countries at the Romania-Belgium Economic Forum, Queen Paola also had some single events today. After her visit to the National Museum, she met with the President of the Romanian branch of the Center for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children (FOCUS Romania), Mrs. Mihaela Geoana. Queen Paola is the Honorary President of Child Focus, the sister organization of Focus Romania.

Tonight, King Albert and Queen Paola have invited the Romanian President, Traian Basescu, and his wife to a concert and a banquet with Belgian specialties. This morning, they also attended a reception for the Belgian community in Romania at the Cercul Militar, teh cultural center of the Romanian army.

Tomorrow, on their last day, the King and Queen will visit Sibiu and Cristian.

For a discussion of the visit, see this thread.
For pictures, see here(Belga)

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