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Buenos Aires names Princess Astrid of Belgium “Illustrious Visitor”

Princess Astrid of Belgium has recovered from her sleep deprivation problems and is back to work. The Princess is currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on a Belgian trade mission which began on Saturday.

During her trip to the South American country, Her Royal Highness was named by the city of Buenos Aires as “Illustrious Visitor” in celebration of her visit on Monday. She was presented with the Illustrious Visitor certificate and medal at an event in the Chancellor Room of the Alvear Hotel. It was given to her by Buenos Aires legislator, Carolina Estebarena. The award was the brainchild of the Vice President of the Buenos Aires Legislature, Francisco Quintana.

La princesa Astrid de Bélgica recibió el diploma de Visitante Ilustre de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. El vicepresidente de la Legislatura, Francisco Quintana entregó el reconocimiento.

Posted by Legislatura CABA on Monday, 25 June 2018

Carolina Estebarena said, “It is an honour to receive in our City the Belgian delegation and give the distinction of Illustrious Visitor to Princess Astrid, on behalf of all Buenos Aires, strengthening ties in diplomatic relations and promoting cultural exchange.”

She also added, “The declaration of Illustrious Visitor of the City of Buenos Aires is granted to personalities of the highest institutional hierarchy in their respective States who are on an official visit to the City of Buenos Aires.”

For her part, Her Royal Highness said she was “very honoured” to receive the recognition.

After receiving the award, Princess Astrid later went to the President’s residence of Casa Rosada where she met the Vice President of Argentina, Gabriela Michetti. The Vice President gifted the royal with a painting by Patoruzú. Her Royal Highness is known to be a lover of art. She has also met the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri and his wife, Juliana Awada on Wednesday. The Princess gifted the President with a Belgian national team football jersey.

Astrid, the younger sister of King Philippe of Belgium, and the Belgian trade delegation will take part in a seminar called “Business and Human Rights: social dialogue in a changing labour market” while in the country.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.