Stephanie of Luxembourg steps in for her injured mother in law

The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg took a central role in the latest stage of the Belgian State Visit to her country. Princess Stephanie accompanied Queen Mathilde to a series of events in place of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa who is recovering from a knee operation.

Stephanie and Mathilde put the focus on education as Day Two of the State Visit got under way. They headed to the Belval Campus at the University of Luxembourg where they heard about ongoing research in the fields of mental healthcare. Academics from Belgium and Luxembourg gave them an overview of new treatment methods while they also met students and teachers during their time at the campus.

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The Queen of the Belgians and the Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg also toured the Luxembourg Learning Centre at the University to get an overview of the innovations taking place there to create more effective education environments. They sat in with a group of young students during a maths session to see how teaching is changing and the impact that has on learners.

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Later on day two, Stephanie joined her husband, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, and her father-in-law, Grand Duke Henri, for a gala evening hosted by their royal guests. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde oversaw an evening of music in honour of their hosts at the Philharmonie Luxembourg – also known as the Grand Duchesse Josephine-Charlotte Music Hall.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa had a successful operation on her knee last week and is still recuperating. However, she took part in the State Banquet held at the beginning of Philippe and Mathilde’s visit. The King and Queen of the Belgians also made sure to visit her at the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg as soon as they arrived in the country at the start of their trip with official images released shortly afterwards.

The Belgian State Visit to Luxembourg comes to an end on October 17th 2019.

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