RECAP | King and queen of the Belgians pose on Kirstenbosch's Boomslang as they conclude royal tour

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.
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  • The king and queen of the Belgians concluded their tour of South Africa Sunday in Cape Town.
  • The tour marked King Philippe and Queen Mathilde's first ever official visit to South Africa upon the invitation of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
  • Sunday saw the royals in Philippi Village, followed by lunch at the Waterfront, before their afternoon stroll through Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde arrived in Cape Town on Saturday morning and began their visit to the Mother City in Montague Gardens.

The royals were in Pretoria on Thursday and Friday, where they were welcomed by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Despite a rocky start with an awkward exchange from South Africa's president – the Presidency has since defended Ramaphosa's call for journalists to leave the Cabinet room after he was quizzed on the country's non-aligned foreign policy on Ukraine – Friday saw the royals in Soweto and Kempton Park before they flew to Cape Town.

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"Hallo Kaapstad," the royals said on Instagram before visiting Afrigen Biologics & Vaccines in Montague Gardens.

Their next stop was at the University of the Western Cape followed by a trip to the Zeitz museum.

On Sunday, they visited Philippi Village, then made their way to the Waterfront for lunch, followed by an afternoon walk through Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Posing on the famous Boomslang, they concluded their first-ever royal tour to South Africa.

"Kirstenbosch is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world," they wrote in their send-off.

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