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Belgian royal couple to visit New Zealand


Belgian royal couple to visit New Zealand

Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today that the Crown Prince of Belgium, Prince Philippe, and Princess Mathilde, arrive in Auckland on Saturday for a four-day visit.

A 40-member business group, led by Federal Minister and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, will accompany the royal couple.

In Auckland their programme will include a Maori welcome and welcome by the Belgian community, a business luncheon, and visits to the Ellerslie Flower Show, the America’s Cup village, a Te Kohanga Reo unit, and the Muka Gallery and studios.

In Wellington Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde will lay a wreath at the National War Memorial, and attend a ceremony of welcome and official dinner at Government House.

Meetings with ministers are also scheduled, along with a Wellington Chamber of Commerce luncheon.


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