Yesterday, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima spent their second day in Luxembourg as part of their three-day state visit to the country.
The day began with the visit of the Belval site alongside Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. They walked to the blast furnaces, where they learned more about how they work, about Belval in general, and about the redevelopment of industrial sites.
The Dutch royal couple and the Grand Ducal Couple were received by the Vice-Rector Academic of the University of Luxembourg, Romain Martin, for a visit of the Learning Centre of the University of Luxembourg, which will open in September. The Learning Centre will be a space that offers – in addition to traditional library services – a state-of-the-art learning environment.
At the ‘Maison du Savoir’ of the University of Luxembourg, the two couples had the opportunity to attend a presentation named “Space Resources Use: Luxembourg ‘s next big bet in Space”. They also visited various workshops in the field of space, including “Legal”, “Private-public cooperation” and “Space Education”, in the presence of professors, researchers and students from the University of Luxembourg and Leiden University and other private actors.
Afterwards, the royal couple and the Grand Ducal Couple attended the inauguration of the exhibition “Relations: The Nassaus and Luxembourg” at Vianden Castle. This exhibition is devoted to the two branches of the House of Nassau, that is to say, Orange-Nassau and Luxembourg-Nassau, and exhibits pieces from the royal collections in The Hague and collections of the Grand Ducal House. After a tour of the exhibition, an official luncheon hosted by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on behalf of the government was held in honour of the two couple at Vianden Castle.
King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa then went to the Chamber of Commerce where they were welcomed by the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Michel Wurth. They attended the debriefing of the economic seminar “Luxembourg and the Netherlands: Together on the way to a circular economy”. There they held talks with representatives of Dutch and Luxembourg companies taking part in the economic seminar on the circular economy with a focus on the Smart City and Smart Mobility sub-themes to be held during the day.
In the evening, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima hosted a concert at the Philharmonie Luxembourg in honour of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie also attended.