King Albert and Queen Elisabeth in India, 1925

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium are starting their 7-day State Visit to India today, to cement economic and diplomatic ties. In honour of the State Visit, we are taking a look back at previous visits made by Belgian Monarchs to India-

   
   

In November 1925, King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth visited India to celebrate their Silver Anniversary. The visit was a gift from King Albert who knew of his wife’s fascination with Indian culture. The couple were received by a Maharajah and entertained lavishly for the duration of their visit.

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