Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, on official visit in Belgium
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde are hosting Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne on a three-day State Visit to Belgium from June 27th to 30th, at the invitation of the Belgian Government to celebrate and build diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties.
On Wednesday, the King and the Queen officially received the Governor-General and his wife with a welcoming ceremony held in the courtyard of the Royal Palace in Brussels.
In the evening took place the State Banquet hosted by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde at the Laeken Castle.
King Philippe started his speech expressing his gratitude to the Australian troops that died on the Belgian soil during the Great War and to the Australian people in general.
King Philippe expressed that “countries such as Australia and Belgium have a crucial role to play in creating mutual trust and continuing to promote standards rather than power politics” and he added that both Australians and Europeans stand for human values that “form the cornerstone of our way of life, our work, what we strive for and how we conduct policy”.
On Thursday, the Governor General laid a spray of flowers at the grave of the unknown soldier at the Congress Column in Brussels. Sir Peter Cosgrove symbolically revived the eternal flame that burns in memory of dead soldiers during the First World War.
A minute of silence was then observed, before the Belgian and Australian hymns resonated.
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