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Queen Mathilde Visits the De Mot-Couvreur School

  September 21, 2016 at 10:23 am by

Today, Wednesday September 21, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the secondary school De Mot-Couvreur in Brussels. The purpose of the visit was meeting teachers and students who participated in a project organized by the Belgian associaton Actions in the Mediterranean (AIM). This project, called “Israel-Palestine: To Understand”, aims to promotes the understanding and the dialogue between the various communities living in Brussels. Visite de l'association Actions in Mediterranean: … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Hit The Pavement For Car-Free Day in Brussels

  September 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm by

Each year, several cities and towns across Belgium host a ‘motor transportation free’ day to promote other modes of transportation (ie. walking or cycling). King Philippe and Queen Mathilde took their four children – Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eleonore – for a bike ride through Brussels as part of the day, before visiting a museum to also promote the open monuments aspect of the day. #DimancheSansVoiture … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Couple Visit the Province of Luxembourg

  September 13, 2016 at 5:05 pm by

Today, Tuesday September 13, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians paid a visit to the province of Luxembourg. Arriving in the morning, the Royal Couple began the visit in the intergenerational center Auberge du Vivier in Habay-la-Neuve. The center hosts 74 elderly people and 24 children. The King and the Queen spent some time with the residents of the center. Intergenerationeel centrum 'Auberge du Vivier' in … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Attend Belgian Leg of IAAF Diamond League

  September 9, 2016 at 7:42 pm by

There were some royal spectators in the stands for this year’s edition of the Memorial Van Damme track and field meet at the King Baudouin Stadium – King Philippe and Queen Mathilde with their four children. Also joining them was Prince Albert II of Monaco for the event, which is one of the meets that makes up the 2016 Diamond League, a series of international meets to promote track and field. … Continue reading

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King Philippe Hosts German-Speaking Leaders at Laeken

  September 7, 2016 at 7:46 pm by

The King and Queen of the Belgians have welcomed four leaders of German-speaking countries to the Royal Palace of Laeken this evening, for the thirteenth informal summit of German-speaking nations. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, President Joachim Gauck of Germany and President Johann Schneider-Ammann of the Swiss Confederation were present for the welcoming dinner with their spouses (except for Luxembourg’s Grand Duchess), posing for photos … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde To Pay State Visit To The Netherlands This November

  September 7, 2016 at 8:47 am by

It has been confirmed this morning that King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians will pay a state visit to the Netherlands between November 28 and 30, accepting an invitation from Dutch King Willem-Alexander. The visit is to highlight the “close and wide-ranging relations” and “historic ties and social values” between the two countries. Belgium and the Netherlands are important trading partners. The Belgian and Dutch Royal Couples, November … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde at the Launch of a New “Child Focus” Campaign

  September 6, 2016 at 2:31 pm by

As Honorary President of Child Focus, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde attended at the launch of a new campaign of the foundation. The event took place today, Tuesday September 6, at the Royal Palace in Brussels. The new campaign called “Dossier 116 000” is a detective, informative and educational game for children between 10-12 years old. The purpose of the game is to introduce the children with the foundation, its mission and … Continue reading

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It’s School Time for the Young Belgians

  September 1, 2016 at 8:09 am by

Today, Thursday September 1st, the four children of Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde started their first day of the 2016-2017 school year. Queen Mathilde accompanied the Duchess of Brabant (4th year of secondary education), Prince Gabriel (2nd year secondary) and Princess Eleonore (3rd year primary education) to the Sint-Jans Berchmans College, a Dutch school in Brussels. In the meantime King Philippe accompanied Prince Emmanuel (6th year of primary … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: A Summer Holiday in Sweden With Grandmama

  August 19, 2016 at 8:00 am by

August 19, 1937: Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, born a Princess of Denmark, helps her three Belgian grandchildren – Prince Baudouin, Princess Joséphine-Charlotte and Prince Albert – climb a mound of dirt and rocks in the garden of her home in Sweden in preparation for a photograph. The three children – who would eventually become Kings of Belgium and a Grand Duchess of Luxembourg – were Ingeborg’s grandchildren through her third daughter, … Continue reading

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State Visit to Japan On Belgian King and Queen’s Agenda

  August 15, 2016 at 7:30 am by

It has been announced that King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians will pay a state visit to Japan this October, on the invitation of Emperor Akihito. The visit will take place between October 9 to 15, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries and to “further develop the relationship of friendship, goodwill and cooperation that our countries have built in a variety of fields”, … Continue reading

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Let The Games Begin! Rio Olympics Kick Off With Colourful Opening Ceremony

  August 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm by

The Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has gone off in a sea of colour at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, with several royals in attendance cheering on their country’s athletes as they entered the stadium. Showcasing Brazil’s long and diverse history, the ceremony took the audience on a journey of the country’s development, with large amounts of the music and colour that Brazil is known globally … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family Comes Out For National Day

  July 21, 2016 at 5:21 pm by

The King and Queen of the Belgians were joined by their four children – Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore – during the country’s National Day celebrations earlier today. First up was the annual Te Deum service at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula, followed by a military and civilian defile outside the Royal Palace. Prince Laurent was also present for the festivities. Queen Mathilde opted for … Continue reading

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Concert Begins National Day Celebrations in Belgium

  July 20, 2016 at 7:54 pm by

Belgium’s National Day celebrations began this evening with the annual ‘Prelude to National Day’ concert. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were joined by Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts for the concert, which included performances by the Belgian National Orchestra and a 2011 laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. The Queen looked lovely in a midnight blue cocktail dress with a silver thread … Continue reading

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Royals Offer Condolences To France Following Terrorist Attack in Nice

  July 16, 2016 at 7:38 am by

After the horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France on Thursday night – as the country was full of joy celebrating Bastille Day – heads of state have offered their condolences to French President François Hollande and the victims and families of the 84 people killed in the attack. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth sent a message on behalf of herself and Prince Philip, offering “most sincere condolences to you, the families of … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit An Exhibition in Ghent

  July 9, 2016 at 6:48 am by

Yesterday, Friday July 8, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the exhibition “Between God and Money. The Golden Age of the Southern Netherlands” held at the Provincial Center for Culture Caermersklooster in Ghent. Filip en Mathilde hebben kunstuitje https://t.co/yW3TNRqeZt pic.twitter.com/ZSxcDW0y5p — Vorsten (@VorstenNL) July 9, 2016 At their arrival to the Provincial Center the Royal Couple was welcomed by the Mayor of Ghent, Daniel Termont, … Continue reading

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Belgian Monarchs Receive the Duke and Duchess of Wellington

  July 7, 2016 at 6:45 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have received two special guests at the Royal Palace of Laeken, welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Wellington to their home. The reason for the visit is unknown, though the Duke’s heritage links him to Belgium: the Dukes of Wellington have also held the title ‘Prince of Waterloo’ since 1815, when the 1st Duke defeated Napoleon. The 9th Duke also owns an estate in the country … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Opens the Eurochild Conference

  July 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm by

As Patron of Eurochild, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde was present today, Tuesday July 5, at the opening of the conference “Children’s rights matter: Why Europe needs to invest in children” at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels. The conference is focused on the issues that affects children nowdays: Eurochild stated that more than 1 in 4 children are growing up in poverty and exclusion. Another problem concerns migrant and … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Meet the President of Argentina

  July 4, 2016 at 12:48 pm by

Today, Monday July 4th, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians received the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri and his wife, Juliana Awada at the Royal Palace in Brussels. After posing for official photos, took place an audience between the Royal Couple and the Presidential Couple. The President of the Argentine Republic is currently on an European tour to meet with European leaders and European Institutions. President of … Continue reading

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Princess Elisabeth Joins King Philippe and Queen Mathilde at Kroningsfeesten

  July 3, 2016 at 11:47 am by

Today, Sunday July 3rd, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, along with their elder daughter Princess Elisabeth, attended the celebrations of the 18th edition of the Kroningsfeesten in Tongeren, in the province of Limburg. The Kroningsfeesten is celebrated every seven years and started in 1890 when the statue of Our Lady of Tongeren was first crowned. During the festivities are planned exhibitions, concerts and theater performances. This afternoon the Royal … Continue reading

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No Joy For Princess Elisabeth As The Red Devils Go Down To Wales

  July 1, 2016 at 9:34 pm by

Despite the best encouragement of herself and her siblings earlier in the day, Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth was unable to leave the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille with a smile on her face as the Belgian Red Devils lost 3-1 to Wales in their EURO quarter-final match. The 14-year-old attended the match with her father, King Philippe; both showing their support wearing Belgium scarves. #EURO2016 #WALBEL #BEL Go @BelRedDevils go!!! #ComeOnBelgium #TOUSENSEMBLE #tousenfrance … Continue reading

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