Belgian Royal Family headed to South Africa for historic visit
The King and Queen were photographed by proud South Africans in a selfie in 2017 at a music festival in Boom, on Belgium's national holiday. Next week the royal couple head to SA for their first ever state visit.

JOHANNESBURG – Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde will be visiting South Africa for their first ever state visit to the country, from 22 to 27 March. This historic visit will include a series of business and government meetings, as well as cultural exchanges and tours of the country’s many landmarks.

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The Belgian royal family. Photo: FB / Belgische Monarchie Monarchie belge Belgian Monarchy

Air Belgium, which celebrated its first flight to South Africa in September 2022, said it is honoured to welcome the Belgian Royal Family onboard the direct flight to SA.

The royal visit highlights the strong relationship and economic ties between Belgium and South Africa. Since 1994 there has been an exchange of numerous high-level visits. However, this is the first State Visit from the Belgian Royal Couple to South Africa.

Air Belgium said it is dedicated to facilitating important connections between the two nations, as a direct link between South Africa and Belgium is essential for creating economic opportunities and promoting cultural exchange.

“Our direct flights between Brussels and Johannesburg provide not only convenience for travellers, but also valuable economic opportunities. The presence of the Belgian Royal Family highlights the mutual respect and admiration between the two nations.

“We believe this visit is a significant milestone for Air Belgium, and we look forward to the many opportunities that will arise as a result of it,” says Niky Terzakis, Air Belgium CEO.

The Belgian Royal Family will attend a number of events in Johannesburg and Cape Town during their visit.