On Monday, March 21, 2022, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium welcomed the President of the Republic of Austria, His Excellency Alexander Van der Bellen, and First Lady Her Excellency Mrs. Doris Schmidauer, to the Palais Royal in Brussels. President Van der Bellen and his wife were invited to Belgium for a three-day state visit. This is the first state visit between Austria and Belgium since 1997, but also the first incoming state visit to Belgium since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
After warm greetings were given and the Belgian as well as Austrian national anthems were played His Majesty King Philippe and President Van der Bellen, per tradition, participated in inspecting the Guard of Honor.
This evening there will be an official state dinner at Château de Laeken.
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On Tuesday, March 15, 2022, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium received credentials from new ambassadors at the Palais Royal de Bruxelles. The ambassadors are: From Senegal, His Excellency Mr. Baye Moctar Diop, from Ireland His Excellency Mr. Kevin Conmy, from Vatican City His Excellency Mr. Franco Coppola, and from the United States of America His Excellency Mr. Michael M. Adler.
On Monday, March 7, 2022, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgian met with Belgian athletes who received a medal during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games at Château de Laeken.
Also attending yesterday’s meeting were President of the Belgian Inter-federal Olympic Committee, Mr. Jean-Michel Saive, the Director of “Topsport”, Mr. Olav Spahl, the Presidents of the Skating and Figure Skating Federation, and coaches.