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First Day of the School Year for the Young Belgians

  September 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm by

Belgium’s young royals today began the 2015-2016 school year, heading off in the company of their parents, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde. The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel and Princess Eléonore were dropped off at the Sint-Jans Berchmans College, a Dutch school in Brussels, by their father, walking down the street together. 7-year-old Eléonore – almost dwarfed by her hot pink backpack, which matched both her pants and her hair clips – was … Continue reading

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On This Day: Queen Astrid Killed In Car Accident

  August 29, 2015 at 6:00 am by

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the death of the popular Queen Astrid of the Belgians. She was killed on August 29 in Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland following a car accident. Astrid and her husband, King Leopold III, were holidaying at their villa, Haslihorn, on the shore of Lake Lucerne with their two eldest children, Joséphine-Charlotte and Baudouin. Bad weather saw the couple send the children home to Brussels on August 28, intending … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Stéphanie of Belgium, Would-Be Empress

  August 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm by

August 23 marks the anniversary of the death of Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, the woman who, had events not occurred how they did, would likely have become the Empress of Austria. Born in May 1864, she was the second daughter of King Leopold II of the Belgians and his Austrian Archduchess wife, Marie Henriette. An unhappy childhood was a symptom of her parents’ unhappy marriage; their three daughters were left … Continue reading

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Belgian National Day

  July 21, 2015 at 7:49 pm by

On Monday July 20, the Belgian Royal Family started the celebrations for the Belgian National Day. In the evening, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde along with Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attended the concert “Prelude to National Day” hosted by the National Orchestra of Belgium at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. View image | gettyimages.com In the morning of the National Day, July 21, King Philippe and Queen … Continue reading

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Belgium’s Royal Family Holds Summer Photoshoot At The Zoo

  July 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde posed for photographers at their annual summer photoshoot along with their four children, Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore, today. This years photoshoot took place at the animal park Pairi Daiza in Cambron-Casteau, Brugelette. View image | gettyimages.com King Philippe and Queen Mathilde with their children at the Pairi Daizi animal park, July 11

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Queen Mathilde Attends 30,000th Last Post in Ypres

  July 10, 2015 at 4:23 am by

Belgium’s Queen Mathilde attended the 30,000th Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres last night. The Queen laid a wreath during the ceremony in memory of the soldiers who died during the First World War. View image | gettyimages.com Each night at 8pm since 1928 (excluding 1,580 days that Belgium was involved in the Second World War), the Last Post is sounded by a group of volunteer firemen from the … Continue reading

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200th Anniversary of Waterloo Commemorations Begin in Belgium

  June 17, 2015 at 6:56 pm by

Commemorations marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo begun today in Belgium, where King Philippe and Queen Mathilde hosted a dinner for the descendants of the battle’s main commanders. Attending were Prince Jean-Christoph Napoleon, the Marquess and Marchioness of Douro, Prince Nicolaus Blücher and his son and daughter-in-law, Prince Pieter-Christiaan of the Netherlands, and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg. View image | gettyimages.com Earlier in the day, … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Heads to Milan for Expo 2015

  June 12, 2015 at 8:04 am by

The Queen of the Belgians flew into Milan, Italy this morning to visit Expo Milano 2015. She was greeted at the airport by dignitaries before heading over to the exposition site just outside the city where she was shown around the Belgian Pavilion, which highlights the country’s “environmental sustainability, technological innovation and national identity”, to mark Belgian Day. The theme of this year’s exposition is ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ and … Continue reading

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On This Day: Birth of Empress Carlota of Mexico

  June 7, 2015 at 3:00 am by

Princess Charlotte of Belgium, the woman who would become the only Empress of the Second Mexican Empire, was born 175 years ago. She was born at the Royal Palace of Laeken as the only daughter of Leopold I of the Belgians and his second wife, Louise of Orléans, on June 7, 1840. She was baptised Marie Charlotte Amélie Augustine Victoire Clémentine Léopoldine, with Charlotte designated as the name she would be known as, … Continue reading

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Belgium’s King and Queen Attend King Baudouin Foundation Award Ceremony

  June 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended the award ceremony of the King Baudouin Foundation for Development in Africa which took place at the Royal Palace in Brussels. The prize is awarded to outstanding contributions of individuals or organizations in the development field in Africa, encourages locals to develope their own ideas and improve their living. View image | gettyimages.com Queen Mathilde wore a printed coral dress by designer Natan.

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Belgium’s Queen Attends Queen Elisabeth Music Contest Award Ceremony

  June 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm by

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians today presented the prizes for the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition which this year focused on violin players. The award ceremony took place at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, with Lim Ji-young from South Korea taking out the International Queen Elisabeth Grand Prize – the Queen Mathilde Prize. For coming in first out of the twelve musicians who made the finals, Ms Lim was awarded 25,000€ and a … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit VRT Broadcaster

  May 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm by

Today, Thursday May 28, Their Majasties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Flemish Radio and Television Organization VRT, a Dutch public broadcaster for radio and television in Belgium. Upon arrival at the headquarters of the broadcaster, the Royal Couple were welcomed by the CEO, Leo Hellemans, and Luc Van den Brande, the President of the Board of the public broadcast. View image | gettyimages.com The King and the Queen … Continue reading

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Belgium’s King and Queen Meet UN Secretary-General

  May 27, 2015 at 11:59 am by

King Philippe of Belgium and Queen Mathilde met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife Yoo Soon-teak. The meeting was held at the Royal Palace in Brussels earlier today. After the meeting, the Royal Couple posed for some group pictures for the press with the UN Secretary-General and his wife. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Belgium to address the the European Parliament meeting and hold talks with senior … Continue reading

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Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde Open Exhibition in The Hague

  May 20, 2015 at 6:17 pm by

This afternoon, Wednesday May 20, Their Majesties Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians opened an outdoor sculpture exhibition in the Lange Voorhout street in The Hague. The exhibition, called “Flemish Vormidable Contemporary Sculpture”, shows artworks created by established and emerging Flemish artists and celebrates twenty years of cultural cooperation between the Netherlands and Flanders. The curator of the exhibition is Stef van Bellingen, a Flemish … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Shines In Green

  May 17, 2015 at 6:44 am by

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians has attended the semi finals of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition 2015. Attending the semi finals, Queen Mathilde recycled a knee length lace green dress. She matched a skinny gold belt which we have seen with various outfits in the past and nude pumps. View image | gettyimages.com During the event, Queen Mathilde took time to met with Lithuanian composer Vykintas Baltakas, US pianist … Continue reading

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Prince Laurent Attends Ceremony Honouring Dead Homeless

  May 13, 2015 at 4:27 pm by

This morning, Belgium’s Prince Laurent was present at a ceremony at the Brussels Town Hall that honours the homeless people who die in the nation’s capital region each year. “Les morts de la rue” (“The Dead of the Street”) is now in its tenth year, and aims to try help improve the living conditions of homeless people by improving access to housing within Brussels. During the ceremony, a poem about the … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Attend 35th Anniversary of Concert Hall Ancienne Belgique

  May 12, 2015 at 2:17 am by

Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels where they attended a concert of two bands, Girls in Hawaii and Intergalactic Lovers. The concert comes as celebration of the 35th anniversary of concert hall Ancienne Belgique. Upon arrival, the King and Queen were received by the members of the Ancienne Belgique along with Flemish Culture Minister and the Mayor of Brussels. Entering the concert hall, the … Continue reading

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King Philippe Marks VE Day 70th Anniversary

  May 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm by

The King of the Belgians today was present at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day). King Philippe laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which sits at base of the Congress Column in Brussels. View image | gettyimages.com V-E Day was the day the Allied Forces officially accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany’s armed forces in 1945. It marked the … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Visits the Exhibition Work/Travail/Arbeid

  May 8, 2015 at 1:47 pm by

Belgium’s Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the exhibition Work/Travail/Arbeid by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in collaboration with Rosas which is being held at the contemporary art center Wiels in Brussels. Queen Mathilde, who wore a floral print dress matched with white pumps, toured the exhibition and watched a dance performance. Queen Mathilde also met with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, the choreographer. The exhibition is based on a show by … Continue reading

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Princess Elisabeth Baptises a Patrol Boat

  May 7, 2015 at 4:14 am by

Yesterday, Wednesday May 6, Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant baptised the patrol vessel P902 Pollux. At the ceremony, held at the Naval Base of Zeebrugge, were present King Philippe and Queen Mathilde. The patrol vessel P902 Pollux is the second new patrol ship in use to the Belgian Navy, the first one patrol vessel 901 Castor was baptized last July by Queen Mathilde. View image | gettyimages.com “I baptize you … Continue reading

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