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Royal London Visit
Date:18 March 2014
As part of a series of official visits to European capitals, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited the United Kingdom on 13 March. The couple was accompanied on their day trip by Minister Didier Reynders.
The event attracted considerable media attention. Over 30 Belgian journalists traveled to the UK capital by Eurostar to follow and report on the royal visit.
Due to the early morning mist, the Royal couple arrived late in London. Fortunately, a (shortened) planned visit to the Parliament could go ahead.
At Midday, they were welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II for a private luncheon at Buckingham Palace.
In the afternoon, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde laid a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey. The couple was guided around the magnificent building before signing the guest book.
The beautiful sunny day came to a close with a reception hosted by Ambassador Trouveroy at his Residence and attended by about a hundred prominent Belgian and British Londoners.