Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dutch State Visit - Day 2

On the second day of Queen Beatrix state visiting (it should be a verb as well) Luxembourg, Grand Duke Henri and his Dutch guest travelled to Belval, a former brownfield district of Esch-sur-Alzette, by train. During the last couple of years, Belval has been redeveloped into a scientific and cultural center, hosting the scientific academy of the Université de Luxembourg as well as Rockhal, the country's largest music venue. Afterwards the two head of state participated in a conference dealing with the subject of brownfield re- and regional development at the Massenoire, before they paid a visit to the "Luxembourg Center for Systems Biomedicime".

For lunch at one of my favourite fairytale castles the Château de Bourglinster the Grand Duke and Queen Beatrix were joined by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Luxembourg's prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker. After lunch, the grand ducal couple and their guest visited the satellite company SES in Betzdorf. Like yesterday, the Grand Duchess opted to wear a beautiful purple-ish maroon Elie Saab number.

To round up the day, the Queen of the Netherlands invited to a concert of the baroque Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century at the Cercle Cité, which was attended by the Grand Duke, the lovely Grand Duchess with yet another great hairstyle and dress, the Hereditary Grand Duke and many other guests.

Pictures of today's events can be found at Tageblatt and Wort, as well as PPE, PPE, PPE, Belga, Belga, Daylife, GettyImages, ANP, Tom Wagner and DPP. RTL has a report starting with footage of yesterday's gala dinner and continuing with today's events. NOS has a video of the lunch at Bourglinster and one from Belval.

Source: Tageblatt

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