At the request of the government of Her Majesty The Queen, on 11 May, the Duchess of Cambridge will take a solo one-day visit to Luxembourg. Her visit is to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the 1867 Treaty of London. The Duchess will also attend a number of engagements to celebrate the cultural and historical ties between the United Kingdom and Luxembourg.
After arriving, the Duchess will first visit the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM). She will view the exhibits of British artists Sir Tony Cragg and Darren Almond before attending a reception where she will meet young Luxembourgers prevalent in the fields of culture, education, business and the charitable sector.
Next, Her Royal Highness will head to the centre of the capital where she will visit Place Clairefontaine and tour a cycling themed festival. Both the UK and Luxembourg share a passion for cycling. Catherine will meet the most iconic cyclists of the Grand Duchy before meeting children who are designing jerseys for the Tour de France which will be arriving in Luxembourg in July.
She will then unveil a mural of British cyclist Tom Simpson and Luxembourg’s legendary cyclist, Charlie Gaul. She will next travel to the Grand Ducal Palace where she will meet Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.
At the Luxembourg City Museum, Her Royal Highness will join the official commemoration of the 1867 Treaty of London. This treaty confirmed Luxembourg’s independence and neutrality.
Also at the museum, a new collection of Luxembourg’s history will be revealed. The Duchess, along with other guests, will be led outside the museum where they will take in the view of the capital from the corniche viewing trail.
Finally, it is off to the Dräi Eechelen Museum for the official commemoration event where the Prime Minister, Mayor, and Museum Director will speak. The Duchess will be provided with a guided tour of the exhibition: ‘Luxembourg 1867 – Open City.’ This exhibit shows, according to the press release from Kensington Palace, the “dismantling of Luxembourg’s fortifications laid the foundation for the transformation of Luxembourg into an open and outward looking city and country.”