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Belgium's Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde to visit Ground Zero

Belgium's Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde arrive for the final session of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition on May 19, 2011, in Brussels. Getty Images

(CBS) Belgium's Crown Prince Phillippe and Crown Princess Mathilde are scheduled to travel to New York next Wednesday to highlight their country's cultural and economic ties with the U.S.

Their two-day tour, which will open with a brief stop in Central Park, will also have them visit Ground Zero on Thursday where they will be welcomed by David Samson, chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

Beforehand, Mathilde, a former speech therapist, will meet with young Belgians residing and working in New York for a breakfast meeting. She will later visit a French-American charter school in Harlem where she is expected to read French literature (in French) to the students.

Meanwhile, Prince Phillippe will attend a press briefing prior to a bio-pharmaceutical networking and investment lunch at a restaurant on the Upper East Side.

They will cap off their visit with a signing ceremony Thursday evening at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Prince Phillippe, the eldest son of Belgian King Albert II and Queen Paola, is next in line to the throne. He and Mathilde were married on Dec. 4, 1999.