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State Visit Canada – Ottawa

Monday, March 12th, 2018

On Monday, March 12th, the Belgian delegation is officially welcomed in Canada by Governor-General Julie Payette. Afterwards, the King and Queen of the Belgians will plant a tree on the grounds of Rideau Hall. This maple tree will symbolize the friendship and cooperation between Canada and Belgium.


In the course of the morning, King Philippe will lay a wreath at the National War Memorial, on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to pay homage to the Canadian soldiers who gave their lives during both World Wars. Later today, the official delegation will also visit the Memorial Chamber of the First World War on Parliament Hill.


Subsequently, the official delegation is received by the Speaker of the Canadian Senate for a meeting on bilateral relations between both countries. Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly will then welcome all participants on behalf of the Canadian Government.


The first day of the State Visit ends with a visit to a “sugar house”, where the juice of the sugar maple is cooked to maple syrup, followed by a State Banquet offered by the Governor-General of Canada.

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