The Belgian royals enjoyed a VIP welcome when they touched down in New Delhi on Tuesday.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, who are on a seven-day state visit to India, were greeted on the red carpet by President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife, as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after arriving in the bustling capital.
The royal couple, who yesterday enjoyed a tour of the Taj Mahal, were treated to a ceremonial reception at the Indian Presidential palace to mark their arrival.
King Philippe, 57, sweltered in the 29-degree heat in a dark tuxedo suit while Mathilde, 44, managed to keep her cool in a bejewelled hot pink dress.
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As part of the Belgian royal’s state visit to India, the couple payed a visit to the Presidential Palace
The modest floor-length gown that skimmed the 44-year-old’s figure was perfect for the colourful occasion.
She added a miniature clutch bag decorated in a similar pattern to her dress, and added glamour with over-sized diamond drop earrings.
Her blonde tresses were pulled back into a loose bun at the nape of her neck.
The European royals seemed over joyed to meet the Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind as they shook hands.
Both couples posed and smiles to mark the special visit, with both of the women’s dresses complimenting each other perfectly.
To allow her vivid dress to do the talking, she kept her make up minimal, with a slight shadow around her blue eyes.
King Philippe took his turn in scattering the rose petals at a wreath laying ceremony followed by a minute of silence
The Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders is welcomed by Queen Mathilde
Queen Mathilde towers over the president’s wife, Savita Kovind as they meet officials at the Presidential palace
Taken on the second day of their state visit of India, Queen Mathilde wears an Indian inspired dress
On the day that they arrived, the queen consort wore a peach lace number, a typical choice for her, who owns several near-identical styles in different hues of pink.
She paired her latest frock with patent stilettos and an impressive headpiece as she joined her husband on a visit to Rajghat, a memorial for Mahatma Gandhi, where the pair paid their respects by throwing rose petals.
Standing at around 1.75m (5ft 9in), the glamorous queen towered over her Indian counterpart, First Lady Savita Kovind, who was dressed in a traditional gold and red sari.
The Belgian royals arrived in India overnight on Sunday to kick off their week-long tour of the country.
VIP treatment! The Belgian royals are greeted on the red carpet by President Ram Nath Kovind (second right) and his wife (far left), as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi (far right) after arriving in the bustling capital
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, who are on a seven-day state visit to India, braved temperatures of 29 degrees when they touched down in the capital New Delhi
VIPs: The royal couple, who yesterday enjoyed a tour of the Taj Mahal, were treated to a ceremonial reception at the Indian Presidential palace to mark their arrival
Mathilde paired her latest frock with patent stilettos as she joined her husband at Rajghat, a memorial for Mahatma Gandhi, where the pair paid their respects by throwing rose petals
As a mark of respect, Queen Mathilde removed her stilettos as the wreath was carried in. The royals also signed the guest book after the ceremony and minute of silence at Raj Ghat
Standing to attention: King Philippe inspects a military guard of honor upon his arrival at the Indian presidential palace in New Delhi on Tuesday
Their tour aims to boost relations between the two countries, with a focus on ramping up investment and trade.
After being snapped stepping onto the tarmac in New Delhi on Sunday night, Queen Mathilde and King Philippe kicked off their schedule of engagements with a visit to one of the jewels in India’s crown, the Taj Mahal, on Monday.
They looked affectionate as they posed for photographers on the bench outside the building, with the King placing a hand on Mathilde’s as they sat side by side, and putting his arm around her as they stood for another shot.
Little and large: Standing at around 1.75m (5ft 9in), the glamorous queen towered over her Indian counterpart, First Lady Savita Kovind, who was dressed in gold and red
Working mum: Mathilde (second left) is mother to Princess Elisabeth, 16, Prince Gabriel, 14, Prince Emmanuel, 12, and Princess Éleonore, nine
New friends: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chats to Queen Mathilde during Tuesday’s ceremonial reception at the Indian Presidential Palace
Fashion favourite: The peach lace number was a typical choice for the queen consort, who owns several near-identical styles in different hues of pink
First pit stop: Queen Mathilde’s photograph on the bench outside the Taj Mahal yesterday called to mind the famous picture of a solitary Diana outside the building in 1992
Queen Mathilde poses with her husband who lovingly rests a hand on her shoulder. She tenderly holds his hand and rests her head on his chest
Pretty in pink: The couple step out holding hands on their way to the Taj Mahal
Queen Mathilde visits a micro-finance project dressed in a decadent patterned dress
She shows her respects by holding her hands in prayer position as a way of greeting. She accessories her look with gold swirled earrings
She opts for an unusual choice of shoe design, giving a little bit of an edge to the traditional outfit
She even had her own portrait drawn, surrounded by stunning flowers, which she signed for the artist
Although she was accompanied by her husband on the visit, the images of the blonde queen on the famous bench inevitably calls to mind the photograph of the Princess of Wales taken in the same spot 25 years ago.
Mathilde is mother to Princess Elisabeth, 16, Prince Gabriel, 14, Prince Emmanuel, 12, and Princess Éleonore, nine.
The Belgian-born royal became queen following the abdication of her husband’s father, King Albert II, in 2013.