King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium are to pay a state visit to Portugal. Monday will begin their three-day journey that will last from 22 to 24 October. The visit is on the invitation of the President of Portugal.
Their Majesties, who will be accompanied by various federal and regional government officials and entrepreneurs, will spend two days in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, and one day in Porto. A total of 170 people will be on the trip where 18 agreements will be signed on trade, culture and education.
The Belgian Royal Palace has said that “the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and the Minister-Presidents of the Communities and Regions take part in the state visit.”
The King of the Belgians is scheduled to meet with Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, as well as Prime Minister Antonio Costa and Parliament President Ferro Rodrigues. Additionally, the King will pay tribute to Portuguese soldiers who fought during World War One, where many perished in Belgium.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde will attend a state banquet on their first night in the country before attending a Belgian concert by the “Ensemble Huelgas” on Tuesday evening.
While in Porto on Wednesday, Their Majesties will visit the Serralves Contemporary Art Museum.
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A three-day state visit to Portugal will start on Monday 22 October 2018. A state visit is a formal visit by a head of state to a foreign country, at the invitation of that country's head of state. State visits are considered to be the highest expression of friendly bilateral relations between two sovereign states. Various cultural, social, academic and economic visits and meetings are on the agenda. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and the Minister-Presidents of the Communities and Regions take part in the State visit. Captions: State visit of King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola. (20-22/10/1984) Prince Philippe of Belgium poses at the beginning of a Gala Dinner in honour of Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio and his wife Maria Jose Ritta. (18/10/2005) #BELPORT2018 #belgianroyalpalace #MonarchieBe
The Belgian Royal Palace shared a few images from previous Portuguese state visits on their social media accounts ahead of the beginning of this journey.
One is from 1984 while King Baudouin was on the Belgian throne, and the other is a photo of the now King Philippe in 2005 when he was still just the heir.