The Head of State

Visits by Heads of State and Government

There are several types of visits: State visits, official visits, working visits and private visits. These visits are labelled as 'incoming’ when they take place in Luxembourg, and as 'outgoing’, when the Grand Duke is invited by another Head of State to make a visit. These contacts can thus take several forms.

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State visit to Luxembourg by Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Netherlands

State visits embody the highest level of relations between two countries and usually last two to three days. The visit is intended to strengthen diplomatic, economic and cultural ties. Official or working visits are commonly shorter and less formal than State visits. The programme, protocol and practical arrangements depend on the format of the visit. The planning of incoming State visits takes at least six months.

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Gala dinner in honour of Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians

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State visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians to Luxembourg

These visits usually begin and end at Luxembourg airport, where government representatives greet the visiting Head of State. The first official event traditionally involves a welcome ceremony outside the Grand Ducal Palace, during which the foreign Head of State and their spouse are greeted by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess. Once inside, the visit continues with an exchange of gifts, as well as a private lunch hosted by the Head of State (if the host arrives in the morning). The invited Head of State then grants audiences to the President of the Chamber of Deputies, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. They attend a ceremony with their spouse at the Monument of National Solidarity, where they lay a wreath. Together with the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess, the Head of State and their spouse attend a ceremony at the Luxembourg City Hall. The first day ends typically with a State banquet at the Grand Ducal Palace in the evening.

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State visit to Luxembourg by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany

The programme for the following day(s) is agreed upon between the two countries. It may include visits to sites highlighting the culture, the diversity of the regions and the economy. On the second evening, the visiting country usually hosts an event, such as a concert, exhibition or reception. On the last day (often the third day of the visit), a departure ceremony is commonly held in front of the Grand Ducal Palace, before the Head of State of the visiting country leaves.

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At the Élysée Palace, TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess are welcomed by H.E. the President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron and his wife

When the Grand Duke visits another country in the context of a State visit, Ministers and an economic delegation accompany him. As with incoming visits, the programme is set up together between the two countries.

State visit of H.E. the President of the Portuguese Republic © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli

State visit of H.E. the President of the Portuguese Republic, Mr Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

H.R.H. the Grand Duke and H.E. the President of the Republic of Senegal, Mr Macky Sall © SIP / Julien Warnand

H.R.H. the Grand Duke and H.E. the President of the Republic of Senegal, Mr Macky Sall on an official State visit to the Republic of Senegal in 2018

 H.R.H. the Grand Duke and H.R.H. Princess Alexandra in honour of the TT.II.MM. the Emperor and Empress of Japan © SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

State visit to Japan of H.R.H. the Grand Duke and H.R.H. Princess Alexandra in honour of the TT.II.MM. the Emperor and Empress of Japan in 2017

State visit to Luxembourg by the King and Queen of the Netherlands © Cour grand-ducale / Cyril Moreau / Bestimage

State visit to Luxembourg by TT.MM. the King and Queen of the Netherlands in 2018

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II greeting the Grand Duke © Photographic collections / Maison grand-ducale de Luxembourg

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England visiting Luxembourg

 
State and official visits made by the Head of State since his accession to the throne

State and official visits in 2016

State visit of the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis and his wife Carmen Iohannis to Luxembourg - 6 and 7 June 2016

State visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to the Republic of Finland - 10 to 12 May 2016

State and official visits in 2006

State visit of the President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus and Mrs Livia Klausova to Luxembourg - 8 to 9 March 2006

Official visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to the Vatican - 8 May 2006

State visit of H.R.H. the Grand Duke to the People's Republic of China - 4 to 9 September 2006

State visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to the Kingdom of the Netherlands - 24 to 26 April 2006

State and official visits in 2005

Official visit of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Horst Köhler and Madam to Luxembourg - 26 and 27 June 2005

State visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to the Slovak Republic - 7 to 9 September 2005

State visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to the Republic of Bulgaria - 11 to 13 October 2005

State visit of the President of the Republic of Mali Amadou Toumani and Mrs Touré Lobo Traoré to Luxembourg - 9 to 11 November 2005

Economic mission of H.R.H. the Grand Duke to the United Arab Emirates and Jordan - 19 to 24 November 2005

State and official visits in 2004

State visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to Romania - 29 to 31 March 2004

State visit of the President of the Portuguese Republic Jorge Sampaio and Mrs Maria José Ritta to Luxembourg - 27 to 30 September 2004

Official visit of H.R.H. the Grand Duke to the United States of America - 13 to 15 September 2004 

Visit of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan to Luxembourg - 24 and 25 November 2004

State and official visits in 2003

Official visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to the Republic of Nicaragua - 3 to 5 February 2003

State visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to the Italian Republic and the Vatican - 25 to 27 March 2003

State visit of the President of the Republic of Estonia, Arnold Rüütel and Mrs Ingrid Rüütel to Luxembourg - 5 to 7 May 2003

State visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to the Kingdom of Denmark - 20 to 22 October 2003

Official visit of H.R.H. the Grand Duke to the Republic of El Salvador - 4 to 7 November 2003

State and official visits in 2002

State visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to the Czech Republic - 8 to 10 October 2002

Official visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to the Swiss Confederation - April 25 to 26 2002

State visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to Ireland - 4 to 6 March 2002

State visit of the President of the Slovak Republic Rudolf Schuster and Mrs Schusterova to Luxembourg - 12 to 14 November 2002

State and official visits in 2001

Official visit of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Petar Stoyanov and Mrs Antonia Stoyanova to Luxembourg - 7 and 8 March 2001

State visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to the Kingdom of Spain - 7 to 9 May 2001

State visit of the President of the Hellenic Republic Constantinos Stephanopoulos to Luxembourg - 10 to 12 July 2001

State visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to the Republic of Slovenia - 1 to 3 October 2001

State and official visits in 2000

Official visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to France - 9 to 10 October 2000

Official visit of TT.RR.HH. the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess to the Federal Republic of Germany - 11 to 12 October 2000