The king and the queen are this week in Canada. Prime minister Justin Trudeau has no time for them, but sends an interesting replacement.
Yet the entire week stay for our king and queen for a state visit in Canada, and they are not alone. In their wake travels a consequence of 204 man. More than 100 business leaders, of course – …
Yet the entire week stay for our king and queen for a state visit in Canada, and they are not alone. In their wake travels a consequence of 204 man. More than 100 business leaders, of course – there are to sign contracts in Canada – but also academics, journalists, and seven politicians: the minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders (MR) , secretary of state Pieter De Crem (CD&V) and the five minister presidents of our country, among whom, of course, Geert Bourgeois (N-VA).
The older people in the company will reflect on the state visit of 41 years ago, in which our former king Boudewijn a meeting with Pierre Trudeau, the then prime minister of the country and the father of the current one.
Only, the current prime minister does not give at home. There is no meeting with Justin Trudeau on the agenda.
Make sense? Maybe. Finally, it is a state visit, and so must the king be welcomed by the head of state. In Canada is queen Elizabeth and, as you know, resides, especially in London. But Elizabeth has a replacement in Canada and get her out Filip and Mathilde, however, to see. (A fascinating woman, by the way, that governor-general Julie Payette, we have the about her.)
But that is a beautiful picture of queen Matilda, with prime minister Trudeau is not possible, insert a little bit.
What’s the visit about?
About the First world War, one hundred years ago, was terminated – and that also made an end to the lives of many Canadian soldiers. A quarter of the 61,000 is fallen Canadians in the Great War showed it live on Belgian soil. King Filip will be at the Canadian War Museum by the way the cannon to see that according to the tradition, the final shot solved of that war.
Furthermore, mainly concerning trade. About 1800 of Belgian companies do business with Canada. The more than 100 business leaders that the royal couple travel, have contacts and 30 to sign contracts. The academics, for their part, travel to the relationships with the Canadian universities to keep warm. There are during this state visit 16 cooperation agreements between Belgian and Canadian educational institutions signed.
The king and queen visiting a factory of the Walloon manufacturer of aircraft components Sonaca. And there will be Julie Payette, our astronaut Frank De Winne meet. That will make them fun to find.
Who is Julie Payette?
Since October last year, she is the governor-general of Canada, say the wearer of the crown (in the absence of queen Elizabeth). But therefore, wrong in even higher echelons.
Payette – later this year, she is 55 years is an engineer by training. Her career got a twist, when in 1992 she along with three others from a group of 5.330 candidates was chosen to be a training to be a astronaut to follow. Almost seven years later she became the first Canadian to board the international space station (ISS). In 2009, she flew a second time to the top.
Since then participated in more than one board of directors: Queen’s University, Montréal Science Centre foundation, Robotique First Quebec, Drug Free Kids Canada, the Montreal Bach Festival, the National Bank of Canada … And Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter games organized, was one of the few that the Canadian flag at the stadium were allowed to cary.
In July last year, followed the ultimate honour: on the recommendation of prime minister Trudeau was the 29th Governor General of Canada. Traditionally, was that position taken by someone who already has a long record of service in a political function, but Payette was not the first exception to that rule. She is the first that the function receives after a scientific career.
She speaks French, English and good Spanish, Italian, German and Russian. She can play the piano, skiing, scuba diving and even has a modest singing career behind.
In short, the king and the queen be missed or Justin Trudeau, they will not soon get bored.