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European Royals

Kings and queens prepare for a spring filled with State Visits

A handful of state visits are coming up in April, with the Grand Ducal Court in Luxembourg announcing on Monday that the Grand Duke Couple will undertake a state visit to Belgium next month.

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa will officially visit Belgium from 16-18 April at the invitation of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

The Grand Ducal Court shared that “During this State Visit, the Royal Couple and the Grand Ducal Couple will have the pleasure of visiting different projects and companies in three Belgian cities: Brussels, Ghent and Liège.”

Further details about the Luxembourg State Visit to Belgium will be released closer to the date, but it’s not the only state visit scheduled that week: King Felipe and Queen Letizia will undertake their own state visit to the Netherlands between 17-18 April.

According to the Dutch Royal Court, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have invited their Spanish counterparts to visit, though details are also sparse about their engagements.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima had been due to undertake a State Visit to Vietnam between 19-22 March, but at the eleventh hour it was cancelled at the request of the Vietnamese government.

The Dutch Royal Court shared that “the Vietnamese authorities have requested that the state visit of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty Queen Máxima to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam be postponed due to domestic circumstances,” but did not offer a new set of dates for the state visit.

There are also unconfirmed reports that the Emperor and Empress of Japan could make their long awaited State Visit to the UK in the summer.

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Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.