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Israel Starts Preparations for Visit of King and Queen of Belgium

Preparations were announced here today for the two day visit next month of King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium following a tour of the Far East by the royal couple which they began yesterday.

Although the visit here has been officially described as a private one, the couple will be met at the Mand lbaum Gate on February 16 by President Zalman Shazar who will be host to them at dinner in his home. The King and Queen will spend the night in Haifa and will proceed in the morning to visit all the Holy Places visited by Pope Paul VI during his recent pilgrimage. They will then leave from Lydda Airport for the return flight to Brussels.