It has been a busy time for the Belgian Royals these past few days. While Princess Mathilde returned from the economic mission in Mexico, Prince Philippe travelled on to Panama for the second part of the mission. On 26 March he met Panama’s President Martin Torrijos at the Presidential Palace in Panama City. On his second and last day in Panama, the Prince visited an energy plant in Colon City, which is operated by the Belgian-French group GDF Suez.
In Belgium, however, the rest of the family hasn’t been sitting around either. On 26 March, Princess Claire attended the opening of the new exhibition rooms of the Treasure of the Liège Cathedral. She was clearly impressed with the valuable and beautiful exhibits. That same day King Albert met with Turkish President Abdullah Gul at the Royal Palace in Brussels. The President was on a visit to Brussels to attend the European summit. Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz also came into action. They attended the opening of the exhibition “Charles the Bold (1433-1477) – Splendour in Burgundy” in Bruges. Large part of what is currently Belgium belonged to the Dukes of Burgundy, and the lands ended up in the Habsburg empire.
Princess Mathilde, on the other hand, hardly had the time to recover from her jet lag, as she was one of the guests of honour at the “Female Entrepreneurship” conference, held on 27 March, organized by Markant, Unizo and TRIAS. The conference was held at the KBC building in Brussels. Women of the South and the North discussed female enterprising and how microfinancing was an important financial instrument to promote this.
See here for more pictures of Prince Philippe in Panama, or see this thread.
For more pictures of Princess Claire in Liège, click here, or see this tread.
For more pictures of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz in Bruges, see this thread.
For more pictures of Princess Mathilde at the Female Entrepreneurship Conference, click here or here, or check out this thread.
For more information about the Belgian Royals, see here.
Tagged Archduke Lorenz, Austria-Este, Economic Mission, Exhibition, King Philippe, Panama, Princess Astrid of Belgium, Princess Claire of Belgium, Queen Mathilde.