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Philippe & Mathilde on economic mission to Mexico & Panama

  March 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm by

Mexico is a popular place for royals this season. Mexican dignitaries have hardly finished saying goodbye to the Norwegian Crown Princely couple, and now they already have to prepare for yet another royal visit. Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium have started their visit to Mexico. The Prince leads an economic mission to Mexico and Panama. The Princess will attend only the part of the visit to Mexico. They … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen visit European Astronaut Centre

  March 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm by

King Albert and Queen Paola visited the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany today. They were shown around by Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne. The King and Queen were very impressed by everything they saw, and enjoyed chatting with the astronauts and technicians at the EAC. Frank De Winne will go on his second trip to the ISS, and will be its first European commander. See here for the Belga … Continue reading

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Albert II receives Cyclo-Cross Riders in Audience

  March 18, 2009 at 3:28 pm by

King Albert II of Belgium received the Belgian cyclocross riders who participated in the Cyclocross World Championship 2009 in Hoogerheide (NL). Among the riders also the World Champion Niels Albert, the coach of the Belgian team, the Vice President of the Belgian Cyclist federation. The audience took place at the Royal Palace in Brussels. For pictures of the event, see belga.

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Exclusive interview with Prince Laurent

  March 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm by

Prince Laurent, the enfant terrible of the Belgian Royal family, gave two student-journalists from the Katholieke Hogeschool Mechelen the scoop many of their professional colleagues have dreamed about for years: an exclusive, three-hour interview with the most colourful personality of the Belgian Royal family… In this interview, the Prince made a number of remarkable statements. He says he never really thought about being a prince, and that cars, money and … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde talks at women congress

  March 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm by

Princess Mathilde talked at a Women’s Congress at the Flemish Parliament, organized by “Steunpunt Allochtone Meisjes en Vrouwen”, an organization which is dedicated to helping immigrant women to emancipate and participate in . In her speech, the princess said it was important to help women everywhere to become independent and emancipated – “Investing in the girls of today, is investing in the women of tomorrow”. The congress was widely attended … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid continues to represent Roll Back Malaria Partnership

  March 14, 2009 at 6:18 am by

The Belgian Royal Family is proud to announce on their website that Princess Astrid, only daughter of King Albert II, will continue to be a Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria programme of the WHO, UNICEF and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Her term will be extended with another two years – so the Princess said herself last Friday. Her new term will begin at the end of … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde Visits Children’s Cancer Hospital

  March 14, 2009 at 3:44 am by

On Wednesday 11 March, Princess Mathilde visited the Children’s cancer department of the University Hospital in Ghent. The Princess talked to children and parents, and was visibly impressed with the courage of the children to face and fight the disease. In a video caption, provided by VRT on Friday 13 March, we can follow the conversation of the Princess with a young cancer patient and her parents. The princess was … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde visits RITS

  March 5, 2009 at 4:48 pm by

On 5 March Princess Mathilde visited the RITS, a Dutch language college for audiovisual and dramatic arts in Brussels. The students not only learn how to direct movies, there are also courses about the more technical side of the job. One of the departments the Princess visited was the animation department. She took the time to talk with students and lecturers while she was there. The Princess is very interested … Continue reading

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Philippe, Mathilde & family on winter holiday

  March 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm by

Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde used last week’s school holiday to take their kids out to the snow. The family stayed in the Swiss Alps, in Verbier, where Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark have been frequent visitors. Princess Elisabeth and Prince Gabriel are already quite skillful on the skis, and they look very cute in helmets and red ski outfit. Thanks to royals.web-log.nl

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Princess Mathilde at Conference “Women and sustainable development”

  March 3, 2009 at 2:33 pm by

Princess Mathilde attended the conference “Women and Sustainable Development” at the University of Leuven, Belgium. The conference was held in honour of International Women’s Day. The Princess is a valiant defender of women’s rights, and was very happy to show her support for this conference. The conference was organized by the “Collectif des Femmes”. (Photo 1, Photo 2)

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Belgian Feast Year 2009

  March 1, 2009 at 2:41 pm by

It will be an especially festive year for the Belgian Royal family. The festivities started with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of King Albert I’s death, and the 100th anniversary of his accession to the throne, on February 17. Then there is the golden wedding anniversary of King Albert II and Queen Paola on 2 July. As everyone knows, this marriage knew its ups and downs. Both spouses had … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Victoria Engaged!

  February 24, 2009 at 8:19 am by

Today at 2 pm, the Swedish Court formally announced the engagement of Crown Princess Victoria, 31, with Daniel Westling, 35, her boyfriend since 2002. The couple met in 2001, at Daniel’s fitness center. After the wedding, Daniel will be known as Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. One Swedish tabloid reported this morning that there would be a “konsilj” at the Palace, to discuss and formally announce the engagement, and the … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals attend Mass in remembrance of the deceased family members

  February 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm by

On 17 February, the Belgian Royal family gathered at the Church of Laeken to attend the annual Mass in honour of all deceased family members. Not only the King and Queen were present, but also Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Princess Claire. This year, the mass was held especially in commemoration of King Albert I, who died 75 years ago. They also visited the Royal Crypt … Continue reading

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Queen Paola attends ICMEC meeting in Cairo

  February 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm by

Invited by Mrs. Mubarak, Queen Paola of Belgium attended the meeting of the Honorary Board of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in Cairo on 19 February 2009. In her speech, the Queen emphasised that children all over the world are in need, but that the only way to help them is to mobilize the community. “Please save the innocence of our children”, she implored her audience. She … Continue reading

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Death of the Soldier King

  February 17, 2009 at 12:05 am by

Seventy-five years ago, on 17 February 1934, King Albert I of Belgium fell off the Roche du Vieux Bon Dieu, at Marches-Les-Dames, while mountaineering. He did not survive his fall, and, as quickly as that, Belgium lost its third King. King Albert I was the second son of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and brother of King Leopold II, and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Albert was not meant to become … Continue reading

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Inauguration of Princess Elisabeth Base Antarctica

  February 15, 2009 at 5:31 am by

  The little Princess Elisabeth herself, whose name the polar station so proudly bears, visited the International Polar Foundation in Brussels on the occasion of the inauguration last Friday, together with her father, Prince Philippe. They recorded a video message for the scientists who are stationed in Antarctica, in which the little Princess wished them good luck, in perfect Dutch and French. For more pictures of the event, see belga. … Continue reading

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Queen Fabiola in the Hospital for Almost Four Weeks

  February 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm by

The New Year has not treated the Dowager Queen of Belgium so kindly. In the beginning of the year, Her Majesty has undergone surgery of the thyroid gland (while under hypnosis). Not even one week later, on 17 January, Fabiola was admitted to the Hospital of St. John, this time with a severe case of pneumonia (or more correctly, bronchopneumonia). The Queen spent more than three weeks at the Intensive … Continue reading

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