Albert and Paola visit Ireland
8 October 2007, BRUSSELS – The king and queen have started their official state visit to Ireland. Belgian monarchs have not visited the country since the 1970s.
8 October 2007
BRUSSELS – The king and queen have started their official state visit to Ireland. Belgian monarchs have not visited the country since the 1970s.
King Albert II and Queen Paola landed at Dublin airport on Monday morning for a three-day visit. A delegation of Belgian business leaders and academics are accompanying the royals. It is the first time that Albert and Paola are making a state visit to the EU's most western country.
Today King Albert will meet with Irish president Mary McAleese and prime minister Bertie Ahern. On Wednesday Albert and Paola will travel to Shannon on Ireland's west coast to visit a Belgian company there.
The schedule has been adjusted to accommodate King Albert's rehabilitation from hip surgery. The 73-year-old king underwent hip surgery in June after breaking his upper thigh bone in a fall.
The normal recovery period for this kind of surgery is three months.
The king is generally in good health, but the difficult government formation process has given him little time to rest over the past few months.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Belgian news