Queen and King of the Belgians with the Grand Duke aboard the M.S. Princesse Marie-Astrid; Credit: © SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

As part of their official visit to Luxembourg, taking place from 15-17 October 2019, Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians visited the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce earlier today, followed by a cruise from Schengen to Stadtbredimus.

Following yesterday's visits to Bourglinster Castle, the Diekirch Military Centre, the SES headquarters at Betzdorf Castle, Neumünster Abbey and, in the case of Queen Mathilde, the University of Luxembourg, the Belgian royals started their third and final day in Luxembourg with King Philippe participating in a Meet & Greet at the Chamber of Commerce. The King of the Belgians was joined on this occasion by His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. The royals then attended a ceremony for the signing of memorandums of understanding between Belgium and Luxembourg.

The King and Queen of the Belgians and the Grand Duke then attended the seminar "From the linear economy to the circular economy: the future of construction" at the Biodiversum Camille Gira centre in Remerschen, where Luxembourg's Minister of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development Carole Dieschbourg and Belgian Minister-President Rudi Vervoort delivered speeches.

The Belgian and Luxembourgish royals then visited the European Centre in Schengen, where they visited the Pillars of Nations and the open air exhibition on the signing of the Schengen agreements. This was followed by lunch and mobility-related presentations during a cruise on the Moselle aboard the ship MS M.S. Princesse Marie-Astrid of Schengen, after which the King and Queen of the Belgians and the Grand Duke visited the Wine Institute in Remich. 

The state visit will conclude with the traditional departure ceremony in front of the Grand Ducal Palace, during which the Grand Duke will say his goodbyes to the King and the Queen of the Belgians.