Belgian State Visit to India

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Apr 25, 2015
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Oh that was short notice, have nothing been heard about this before?
It's been known for some weeks, but not the exact dates.

Mathilde also mentioned it in an interview for a German children's TV program, when she visited the Frankfurter Buchmesse: Queen Mathilde: Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017
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:previous: I would think it simply a matter of planning. These types of visits are planned months in advance. Its highly likely the invitation was extended by the former president. Though it does come off as odd considering they will be hosted by President Kovind.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde they departed for India!

And arrival in New Delhi

With their people

Walloon Minister President Willy Borsus, State Secretary for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem, AWEX CEO Pascale Delcomminette, Queen Mathilde's advisor Machteld Fostier King Philippe's economic advisor Genevieve Renaux and Flanders Investment and Trade General Manager Claire Tillekaerts Brussels Invest and Export Chief Executive Director Benedicte Wilders

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Here are some photos from inside the plane and of their arrival:

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde will be accompanied by six ministers and a high-powered business delegation comprising CEOs of 86 Belgian companies, 13 chiefs of academic institutions and 29 members from the media.

According to the statement, India is Belgium's second largest export destination and third largest trade partner outside the European Union.

Belgian King to visit India | Business Standard News
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Really love those photos infront of the iconic Taj Mahal.

Today, November 7, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were received at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi and visited the memorial for Mahatam Gandhi:

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** zimbio gallery: King Philippe And Queen Mathilde Of Belgium Meet With Indian PM Modi In Delhi **

** dailymail: A VIP welcome! New Delhi rolls out the red carpet for Belgian royals as stiletto-clad Queen Mathilde..**
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Beautiful photos at the Taj Mahal. Hate they are always compared to Diana. Its been an iconic place for photos long before her, even for royals.

Paola may not have sat on the bench but she certainly posed. Lovely old photo of Fabiola and Baudouin there.

Great pictures of their greeting by the president and at the memorial. 😄

India is such an amazing country. Always enjoy seeing royal tours there and the photos. Getting spoiled this month.
No tiara, what a bummer. HM looks gorgeous nonetheless.
No tiaras, but since I was expecting business suits I’m very happy with black tie. From what I can see, I love the Queen’s dress.

Here are the first pics of day 3, November 8:

King Philippe attended the opening of the Indian Belgian Business Forum, while Queen Mathilde had a SDGs Breakfast and a networking meeting with Indian tour

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Afterwards King Philippe and Queen Mathilde opened the exhibition "India and Belgium & the Centenary of the Great War":

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In the afternoon Queen Mathilde made a Women Empowerment field visit to the Dakshinpuri Community Centre:

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The day ended with the official Belgian reception:

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** dailymail: She's a ray of sunshine! Queen Mathilde of Belgium dazzles in an eye-catching yellow skirt as she greets crowds..**
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Ceremonial Welcome of the King and the Queen of the Belgians at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Belgium King receives ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi

President Kovind hosts a banquet in honour of the King and Queen of the Belgians

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde travelled to Mumbai by plane today, November 9, and were later welcomed by the Governor of Maharashtra:

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While King Philippe met the Indian Minister of Commerce and attended a roundtable meeting, Queen Mathilde attended the presentation of the Handwash song supported by UNICEF:

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The day ended with a reception of the Port of Antwerp:

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** dailymail: Belgium's Queen Mathilde and King Philippe don Bindis as they are given a traditional welcome in Mumbai **
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That was a sporty start into the day ;)

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** She don't like cricket... she loves it! Queen Mathilde of Belgium takes to the wicket..**

Later King Philippe attended a moment of remembrance at the memorial of the 2008 terrorist attack at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai and he participated in the opening of the Cleantech Summit:

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In the afternoon King Philippe and Queen Mathilde had a meeting with the National Domestic Workers Movement (NDWM) in presence of Sister Jeanne:

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This tour appears to be very busy with a good combination of cultural, business and political links. All of the Belgian regions have been represented and it most surely signifies that Little Belgian is punching high as expected for a country at the pumping heart of Europe and all that entails without any former colonial baggage attached to India. The Royal couple are doing a great job it seems!
Belgian King Philippe attends India Belgium Business Forum meet in New Delhi

Belgian royals try their hands at cricket along with Virender Sehwag

And the last evening in India, the Kings attends at a concert by Belgian girls choir, Scala featuring theSymphony Orchestra of India

A wonderful trip is over! The Kings say goodbye to India!!

Behind the scenes of the royal cliché in front of the Taj Mahal
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