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600 people invited to garden party with Belgian royal couple
The Belgian king and queen are inviting 600 people from all over the country to a garden party at the royal domain in Brussels on 13 May in honour of their reign’s 10th anniversary.
The 600 guests have been chosen by the governors of the country’s provinces – 48 from each of them.
Governors were free to set their own criteria for choosing the guests so long as invitees were at least 16 years old and had not previously visited the monarchs.
The governor of Flemish Brabant, Jan Spooren, sought out people active in voluntary organisations.
The governor of East Flanders, Carina Van Cauter, chose to highlight the province's "pillars of strength". Among others, she invited students from UGent, employees from innovative companies and young artists.
The chosen guests will enjoy five artistic performances, a tour of the park and Royal Greenhouses and a meeting with the royal couple.
The five artistic performances will take place throughout the trail.
“These shows – ranging from classical music to circus with dance, song and magic – will honour the cultural richness of our country,” the palace said.
"The king and queen will meet their guests during the walk and the visit will conclude with a festive reception."