Queen Mathilde of Belgium, who is on a four-day state visit to India, on Friday made a quick stop at the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation (MMMF), the city’s premiere institute for education in Western Classical Music. The queen, who is well-known for her support for musical education, attended a special concert by 14 of the foundation’s students, organised in her honour, and also took time out to interact with some of them.
The visit came about as a result of the relations that have developed between the MMMF and the highly regarded International Queen Elisabeth Competition, which is held in Brussels every year and of which Queen Mathilde is the patron.
Since 2003 and with the support of the BNP Paribas Foundation, the Mumbai-based foundation has brought the first prize winners of the prestigious prize for performances in the city. Mehroo Jeejeebhoy, founder and trustee of MMMF, said: “I think the students really rose to the occasion and performed beautifully, and we are very thrilled the queen took time out of her busy schedule to visit us.”