Exclusive: Hawass Accompanies Belgium Royal Family at Iconic Landmarks

By Ali Abu Dashish and Maydaa Abo El-Nadar

CAIRO, Jan. 5 (SEE) – King of Belgium Philippe, his wife Queen Mathilde, and his four sons finished their visit to Luxor, on Friday, after spending three days surrounded by monumental sites.

During their stay, the royal family visited the ancient Egyptian kings’ tombs at the Valley of the Kings. They were keen on having lunch at a countryside hotel. They also visited the tombs of the workers’ city at Deir el-Medina. The tombs were for the workers and artists who sculpted, constructed, and drew temples, tombs, statues, and paintings at the cemetery of Thebes.

They also visited the Valley of the Queens’ tombs that included Nefertari’s tomb, the famous Habu’s temples at western Luxor. Worth noting is that Queen of Belgium Elizabeth visited Habu’s temples in 1930.

The visit was not followed by cameras and the family toured the city walking. They were keen on buying souvenirs from one of the tourist bazaar. Throughout the whole visit they were surprising the guards by their sudden visits that were not included in the schedule. Today, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass is going to explain the pyramids’ zone to the royal family.

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