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Grand Duke Henri undertakes state visit to Latvia

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg is undertaking a state visit to Latvia from 13 to 14 March upon an invitation by the President of the Republic of Latvia.

Grand Duke Henri travelled to Latvia for the state visit on 12 March, which he is undertaking to mark the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Baltic state and Luxembourg.

The Grand Duke has been joined in Latvia by Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and Franz Fayot, Minister of the Economy, and an economic delegation made up of representatives of promising sectors of the Luxembourg economy, digital economy, sustainability, and the wood industry. During the visit, the Luxembourgish delegation will meet with several local officials, including Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.

The Grand Duke explored Riga, the capital city known for its remarkable Art Nouveau architecture, ahead of the official start of the visit. In 1997, this unique heritage earned Riga’s historical centre a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.

Grand Duke Henri’s cultural excursion continued at the Latvian Art Museum and a walking tour of St. Peter’s Church, a German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Latvia in the heart of old Riga. It ended with a stop at the bell tower for a stunning view.

The state visit began with an official ceremony at Riga Castle by the President of the Republic of Latvia, Egils Levits, on 13 March. The Grand Duke also laid a wreath at the Freedom Monument and visited the plenary hall of the Latvian Parliament.

Later this week, His Royal Highness will attend the Latvia-Luxembourg Business Forum and visit the headquarters of Latvijas Mobilais Telefons. The state visit will conclude on 14 March with a dinner at the Latvian National Museum of Art.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.