Visit of Czech President, Petr Pavel, and his wife Eva Pavlová: Gala Dinner at the Grand Ducal Palace with the Grand duke and Grand Duchess; Credit: SIP, Sophie Margue

The President of the Czech Republic, Petr Pavel, and his wife Eva Pavlová, were in Luxembourg on a two-day state visit on Thursday 29 February and Friday 1 March 2024, having been invited by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess.

The Czech President and his wife were accompanied by a delegation comprising around thirty Czech companies.

On the Thursday, their itinerary included a military welcome at the Grand Ducal Palace and a meeting with the Grand Ducal couple before paying their respects at Luxembourg's national monument of solidarity and then meeting various politicians, including the Prime Minister, Luc Frieden, Deputy Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Claude Wiseler, and Luxembourg city Mayor, Lydie Polfer. A group of musicians from the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg performed for the visitors.

The visiting couple laid a wreath at Square Jan Palach on Place d'Armes in Luxembourg city centre, and another at the tomb of John the Blind in Luxembourg city's cathedral, before travelling to visit the headquarters of SES in Betzdorf and later being guests of honour at a gala dinner.

The second and final day of their visit, Friday, saw them visit NSPA in Capellen and the Luxembourg II European School in Mamer, including attending a musical performance given by Czech students. In addition, they had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with various school projects and they met around a hundred children of Czech origin from different sections of the European School. 

Following a lunch with politicians, they visited the European Court of Justice and the Chamber of Commerce where they participated in a Czech Republic-Luxembourg Business Forum. Their visit also took in the Belval campus of the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Learning Centre, before attending a concert at the Cercle Cité, followed by a reception hosted by the Czech President his wife, at which the Czech Ambassador to Luxembourg, Vladimir Bartl, addressed the invited audience.