New Delhi: Belgium King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, who are on a week-long trip to India, on Friday morning visited the Oval Maidan in Mumbai and played cricket with students organised by UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund). Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was also present during the occasion, reports ANI.
This is the maiden state visit to the country for the royal couple, after Philippe ascended the throne in 2013, who earlier visited the iconic Taj Mahal.
The visit aimed at enhancing bilateral ties, including in trade in other areas of cooperation, will also mark 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The theme of the visit is innovative partnership for the 21st century.
The royal couple is set to leave on the morning of November 11 (Saturday), thus completing a seven-day visit, which includes two-day Mumbai visit. The Belgian king and queen are in India on the invitation of the President Ram Nath Kovind.
“Every boy & girl irrespective of ability or background have the right to play sport in a safe & healthy environment,” Sehwag was quoted as saying by UNICEF India on the sidelines of the event.
(With agencies inputs)