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Belgium State Visit to the Netherlands – Last Day

  November 30, 2016 at 5:42 pm by

The start of the third and last day of the state visit today, Wednesday November 30, was focused on technology for His Majesty King Philippe. King Philippe paid a visit at the headquarter of the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. The King visited the Holst Centre, a research institute that develops technologies and was founded in 2005 by two Belgian and Dutch research centres. During the visit the King attended a seminar … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to The Netherlands – Day Two

  November 29, 2016 at 8:16 pm by

The second day of the state visit started today, Tuesday November 29, with separate events for the Royal Couples. His Majesty King Philippe began the day with a visit at the headquarter of the ESA / ESTEC in Noordwijk. The ESA / ESTEC is the largest European Space Agency’s main technology development and test centre. Later the King had several institutional meetings: he was received by Mrs. Ankie Broekers-Knol, Chairman of … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to the Netherlands – Day One

  November 28, 2016 at 8:58 pm by

This morning, Monday November 28, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde began a three-day state visit to The Netherlands. Upon their arrival the Royal Couple was officially welcomed by Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima with a welcoming ceremony held in the Dam Square outside the Royal Palace. King Willem-Alxeander and King Philippe inspected the guard of honour. The Belgian Royal Couple also laid a wreath at the National Monument … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Attends Opening of Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp

  November 26, 2016 at 9:52 pm by

The Queen of the Belgians this evening attended opening concert of the new Queen Elisabeth Hall at the Queen Elisabeth Centre in Antwerp. Wearing a gold brocade dress and coat, Queen Mathilde was greeted by flower-bearing children and representatives from the Centre and the evening’s performers. The Royal Flemish Philharmonic, who will be calling the new Hall – named after Queen Elisabeth of Belgium – home, and Hooverphonic performed the opening concert. … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Visits A Japanese Print Exhibition

  November 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm by

Today, Thursday November 17, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the exhibition “Ukiyo-e. The most beautiful Japanese prints” held at the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels. The exhibition was organizied to mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belgium and Japan. Exposition #ukiyoe au @CinquantenaireM à #Bruxelles: les plus belles estampes japonaises des 18e-20e siècles #ExpoUkiyoe jusqu'au 12/02/2017 pic.twitter.com/PNvpNWaiVw — Belgian Royal Palace (@MonarchieBe) November 17, 2016 In the … Continue reading

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King Philippe Visits Belgian Troops In Jordan Alongside King Abdullah

  November 16, 2016 at 12:57 pm by

His Majesty King Philippe paid a surprise visit to the Belgian troops in Jordan yesterday. The King, who arrived in Jordan on Monday evening, was welcomed by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan in his private residence where, after a meeting, took place a private dinner. Yesterday, Tuesday November 15, the King, accompanied by King Abdullah, visited the Muwaffaq Salti Air Base situated in Azraq, a town in central-eastern … Continue reading

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Save The Date, Two Upcoming State Visits Not To Miss This November

  November 16, 2016 at 12:43 pm by

Two state visits this November is taking place so save the date. Starting November 23, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah will visit Australia and New Zealand. The visit starts with their Majesties visiting Australia. Duration of the visit was not given at this time. For more on the state visit to Australia and New Zealand, visit the State visit to Australia, official visit to New Zealand: … Continue reading

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The King’s Feast Celebrated In Belgium

  November 15, 2016 at 12:49 pm by

The annual Fête du Roi celebrations were held in Belgium today, with members of the royal family attending a Te Deum service at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels. King Albert, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Prince Laurent all attended the service, before greeting well-wishers outside the cathedral. It was then over to the parliament building where they listened to speeches from senior politicians. As per tradition, … Continue reading

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King Philippe Pays Tribute To Fallen Soldiers

  November 11, 2016 at 1:05 pm by

On November 11, King Philippe of the Belgians attended the annual service at the Congress Column on Place du Congrès to mark Armistice Day and honour the Belgian victims of the First and Second World Wars, and military operations abroad since. The King laid a wreath of flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which lies at the base of the Congress Column, as did members of the Belgian government, … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit West Flanders

  November 9, 2016 at 1:23 pm by

Today, Wednesday November 9, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Province of West Flanders. The visit began quite early, at 7am, when the Royal Couple visited the fish auction market of Zeebrugge where they met with the families of the fishermen and inside the market they assisted at some auctions. Afterwards the King and Queen had breakfast with students of the Koninklijk Werk IBIS … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Receive The Country’s Rio 2016 Athletes

  October 26, 2016 at 10:51 am by

Today, Wednesday October 26, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde along with Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid, held a reception at the Royal Palace of Laeken for the athletes of the Olympic and Paralympic Teams that competed and won a medal during the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Belgian athletes won 6 Olympic and 11 Paralympic medals in Rio. The Royal Couple and Princess Astrid posed with the … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde In Jordan

  October 25, 2016 at 11:59 am by

In her capacity as UN Councillor for Sustainable Development, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde started, on Sunday October 23, a humanitarian working visit to Jordan accompanied by Alexander De Croo, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation of Belgium. Upon her arrival in Amman, the Queen was received by the Jordan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Judeh along with Minister De Croo and Hendrik Van de Velde, Belgian Ambassador to … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Enjoy An Autumn Concert

  October 19, 2016 at 10:30 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians attended the annual Autumn Concert which was held at the Royal Palace in Brussels this evening. Joining the couple were Princess Astrid and her husband Prince Lorenz. This year’s theme was a tribute to the commitment of young volunteers for a better society in a wide range of areas like education, human rights, culture and sports. Embed from Getty Images

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Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Belgian Royal Couple Open the Frankfurt Book Fair

  October 18, 2016 at 2:24 pm by

There was a joint event today, Tuesday October 18, for the Dutch and Belgian royals. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander along with Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended the opening ceremony of the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. At this year’s fair, the Netherlands and the Flanders are guests of honor and King Willem-Alexander with King Philippe and Queen Mathilde officially opened the pavillion dedicated to the countries. In … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Celebrates The 20th Anniversary Of The Breast International Group

  October 18, 2016 at 12:01 pm by

As Honorary President of the Breast International Group (BIG), Her Majesty Queen Mathilde was present yesterday, Monday October 17, at the celebration for the 20th anniversary of the organization held at the Brussels City Hall. In her speech the Queen remembered that “breast cancer kills three times more than road accidents” and that the disease presents multiple symptoms, different for each patient. Queen Mathilde also praised the work done by … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day Five in Osaka

  October 14, 2016 at 5:12 pm by

Today, Friday October 14, the fifth day of their state visit, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde left Tokyo early in the morning for a visit in Osaka, the second largest city in Japan. Upon their arrival, the Queen attended a symposium held at the Convention Center of the Kobe University. The symposium, entitled “Collaboration in response to societal challenges between Kobe University and Belgian Universities”, was organized to mark … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day Three and Four

  October 13, 2016 at 11:25 am by

On the third day of the state visit, on Wednesday October 12, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, along with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, travelled by train to Yuki, a city in the north of Japan. In Yuki they visited a textile industry where they were given a demostration about the creation of a traditional woven silk textile called Yuki-tsugumi. Back in Tokyo, Queen Mathilde attended a seminar to … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Japan: Day 2

  October 11, 2016 at 8:11 pm by

Today Tuesday October 11, second day of the state visit, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were officially welcomed by the Japanese Imperial Family. The welcoming ceremony was held in the courtyard of the Imperial Palace in the presence of Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. After the inspection of the guards and the playing of the national anthems, a private meeting took place inside … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Start Their State Visit to Japan

  October 10, 2016 at 6:09 pm by

Following the invitation of the Emperor of Japan, Akihito, and to celebrate the 150th year of diplomatic relations between Japan and Belgium, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have begun today, Monday October 10, a State Visit to Japan. After fifteen hours of flight with stopovers in Ekaterinburg (Russia) and Ulan Bator (Mongolia), the Royal Couple arrived early this morning at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo. They are accompanied … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Visits Two Exhibitions In Paris

  October 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm by

Today, Wednesday October 5, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde was in Paris to pay a visit to two differents exhibitions of Belgian artists of the 20th century. The visit began at the cultural center Centre Pompidou where is held, since September 21, the exhibition “Magritte The Treachery of Images”, dedicated to the Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte. In this exposition are shown emblematic works of the artist combined with less known … Continue reading

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