Delhi today is comparable to a gas chamber. The air quality dropped to ‘severe’ on Tuesday as pollution levels crossed permissible levels by multiple times.
Amid this, Belgium’s Queen Mathilde as King Philippe arrived in New Delhi for a seven-day state visit to India. The royal couple arrived on Tuesday at the Indian presidential palace for their ceremonial reception.
The King & Queen of Belgium arrive at Rashtrapati Bhawan. pic.twitter.com/xX0N0cGaLN— Sidhant Sibal (@sidhant) November 7, 2017
The ceremonial gaurds arrive. The Grandeur of Rashtrapati Bhawan impresses everyone. pic.twitter.com/jXOcGAPvzn— Sidhant Sibal (@sidhant) November 7, 2017
However, as the King inspected a military guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, hazy pictures of him standing in the smog-filled air were widely circulated on social media. Despite the ceremony being grand and befitting of a state guest, the pictures drew a lot of adverse reactions on social media.
Why did we force a guest to inhale Delhi’s toxic air?
This was the first visit of the King to India following his ascension to the throne in 2013. But what would the memories be like?
King Phillipe embraced by the warm grasp of Delhi smog.Hope his health advisor will tell him he needs to quit India immediately! https://t.co/4EUXeZy95T— Sushma Joshi (@joshi_sushma) November 7, 2017
I’m surprised that the King and Queen of Belgium, didn’t get off the airplane, look at the smog, and say “Nope” and go back— Taxpayer Citizen (@taxpayer_india) November 7, 2017