Wednesday, 10 July 2019, Saxe-Anhalt, Germany: Premier of Saxe-Anhalt, Dr. Reiner Haseloff and Mayor of the Lutheran City of Wittenberg, Torsten Zugehör welcomed the Belgian Royal Couple of an official visit to the federal state.
A ceremonial welcome took place at the Old Town Hall wherein the Royal Couple signed the guest book of the state government as well as the city’s golden book. King Philippus and Queen Mathilde subsequently were guided through the castle church and the Luther’s House.
During his visit to Saxony-Anhalt, the Royal Couple was accompanied by the Premier of the German-speaking Community of Belgium, Oliver Paasch, Belgian Ambassador to Germany, HE Baron Willem van de Voorde, and the German Ambassador to Belgium, Martin Kotthaus.
In Dessau-Roßlau the Belgian guests were welcomed by Mayor Peter Kuras and the Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Dr. Claudia Perren. During a tour of the Bauhaus and of the Masters’ Houses, the Dr. Perren provided detailed explanations on the history of the institution and the edifice. In 2019, the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus’ foundation are being celebrated.
The Royal Couple paid a visit to the founding site located in Weimar the day before.
At the end of their programme, the VII King of the Belgians, and Queen Mathilde were guests at the Leuna Chemical Park. There they received by the Managing Director of InfraLeuna GmbH, Dr. Christof Günther, the Mayor of the City of Leuna, Dr. Dietlind Hagenau, and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DOMO Chemicals and Managing Director of DOMO Caproleuna GmbH, Jan De Clerck.
In the visitor centre, the Royal Couple was presented with the history of the chemical park, and selected products manufactured there. This was followed by a tour of the production plant for high-quality polyamide plastic springs DOMO Caproleuna GmbH, which opened in 2018. The company is one of more than 30 companies in Saxony-Anhalt with a Belgian participation.
For further information:
Government of Saxe-Anhalt: https://europa.sachsen-anhalt.de/internationales/aktuelles-internationales-2019/belgisches-koenigspaar-zu-besuch-in-sachsen-anhalt/
Ambassador Baron van de Voorde’s courtesy call to Saxe-Anhalt: https://diplomatmagazine.eu/2019/06/09/baron-van-de-voorde-received-by-premier-dr-haseloff/
Picture by the Belgian Monarchy