Vineyards, the Loreley and the Rhine: the Belgian royal couple visited the Middle Rhine Valley at the end of their two-day visit to Rhineland-Palatinate. Koblenz was the last stop on Philippe and Mathilde's short tour of Rhineland-Palatinate, which began in Mainz on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) and Economics Minister Daniela Schmitt (FDP) accompanied the couple on Thursday on the one and a half hour boat trip on the "Loreley Elegance" from St. Goar to Boppard. Even before departure, the royals took enough time for the waiting onlookers.
Dreyer and Schmitt explained the scenic landscape of the Rhine to Philippe and Mathilde. But it also got political. The focus was on talks about cooperation between Belgium and Germany. "We have a lot of important things in common, for example the Rhine. And that was also the reason why we made this trip on the Rhine today," said Dreyer. In addition to transport routes, energy supply was also an issue. According to the Prime Minister, the pipelines coming from Belgium are of great importance. "So there are many topics of the future that connect us."
Registered in the Golden Book
In Boppard, the ship docked with the Belgian royal couple on the Rhine promenade. Mayor Jörg Haseneier (CDU) welcomed the royals on site. Then the royal couple got into a dark limousine to continue their journey to Koblenz. Here the couple changed from water and land to air. Philippe and Mathilde took the cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress to explore the stations of the fortress' history. Numerous fans romped around the site to get a photo. So that the Koblenz couple is also remembered, the monarchs immortalized themselves in the Golden Book before they left.