Polish presidential couple hosted by King and Queen of the Belgians

Polish presidential couple hosted by King and Queen of the Belgians. Piotr Nowak/PAP

Poland's President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda attended on Monday a gala luncheon in their honour hosted by the King of the Belgians, Philippe I and Queen Mathilde at the royal residence in Laeken.

Earlier in the day, the Polish presidential couple laid a wreath at the Tomb of the unknown soldier.

During a three-day visit to Belgium, President Duda met on Saturday with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel at Egmont Palace in Brussels.

On Sunday, President Duda and his wife attended ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Flanders by the 1st Polish Armoured Division under Gen. Stanislaw Maczek.

The First Polish Armoured Division under the command of General Stanislaw Maczek took part in the Allied invasion of Normandy and played an instrumental role in the battle of Falaise by circling the German 7th (Wehrmacht) Army and 5th Panzer Army. Later, its victorious battle route led through France, Belgium and the Netherlands, and ended with the capturing of the German town of Wilhelmshaven on May 5, 1945.

While in Belgium, the Polish presidential couple met with representatives of the Polish community at the Polish Embassy in the Belgian capital where Andrzej Duda awarded state decorations to outstanding members of the Polish diaspora.