Belgian royals unveil bridge logo

Crown Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde presided over a ceremony on Thursday to inaugurate the new Thai-Belgian Bridge logo.

Belgian Crown Prince Philippe and his wife Princess Mathilde pose for photographers during the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Thai-Belgian Bridge and the inauguration of the new bridge logo near Lumphini Park. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

The event was held at a gate of Lumpini Park near the bridge, which is under renovation, to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The bridge symbolises relations between the two countries. The bridge, formerly named Viaduc Leopold II, was built in Brussels before Belgium disassembled it and ship it to Thailand in 1988 to help ease traffic congestion along Bangkok's Rama IV.

The prince and his wife are on a six-day visit to Thailand until Friday. They are leading more than 150 executives of about 100 Belgian companies in the second economic mission from Belgium since 2001.

The royal visit marks the 116-year relationship between the Thai and Belgian royal families which began when King Rama V visited the European country in 1897.

The outbound lanes of the bridge are closed for renovation until April 5 to be followed by the inbound side which will be renovated from that day until May 5.

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