Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth to visit Egypt

Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth to visit Egypt
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Queen Mathilde and the heir to the throne Princess Elisabeth will visit Egypt on Tuesday for three days. They will follow in the footsteps of Queen Elisabeth, the wife of King Albert I, who made the same trip 100 years ago.

In Princess Elisabeth's second official trip, she will be taking inspiration from her great-great-grandmother and namesake Queen Elisabeth, who was also a famed Belgian Egyptologist. She visited Egypt in 1911, 1923 and 1930, accompanied by her son and future king Leopold for her second trip.

The elder Queen Elisabeth has left her mark on Egypt, with an exhibition named after her to be opened in Cairo, set to be attended by both Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth.

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According to the Royal Palace, this coming week's trip is a good time given the abundance of anniversaries currently being celebrated.

This year marks 200 years since hieroglyphs were first deciphered by Jean-François Champollion, as well as the 125th anniversary of Belgian Egyptology and the 100th anniversary of the Queen Elisabeth Egyptological Association.

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