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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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Come On Belgium! Royal Children Ready For Euro Quarter-Finals

  July 1, 2016 at 5:30 am by

The Belgian Royal Court has just released a photograph of the King and Queen’s four children – Elisabeth, Gabriel, Emmanuel and Eléonore – ready for this evening’s Belgium v Wales UEFA Euro Championship quarter-final match in Lille, France. The children, sitting on the stairs outside the Palace of Laeken, are all decked out in the national red and are proudly brandishing Belgian scarves. #tousensemble ce soir avec @BelRedDevils @Lillemetropole! #EURO2016 … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Attends The Federal Prize ‘Fight against poverty’

  June 29, 2016 at 11:30 am by

Queen Mathilde looked pretty in green while attending the Federal Prize ‘Fight against poverty’ in Brussels. The prize is awarded to people, businesses and administrations that contribute to the fight of poverty. This years theme was helping single parents and child poverty. Queen Mathilde wore a green dress with a matching jacket by designer Natan. The outfit was matched with green pumps. Embed from Getty Images

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Go You Red Devils! Philippe and Mathilde Cheer on Belgian Football Team

  June 26, 2016 at 6:27 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians were in the crowd on Sunday at the Stadium de Toulouse in Toulouse to watch the Belgian team take on Hungary in the round of 16 in the UEFA European Championship. The pair, wearing the Belgian colours, were rewarded for their enthusiastic cheers, as the Red Devils annihilated Hungary 4-0. Belgium will now face Wales in the quarter finals on Friday. #TousALille 4th finals #EURO2016 Congrats, proud … Continue reading

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A Visit to the Centre for Human Genetics On Thursday’s Agenda for Queen Mathilde

  June 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm by

Today, Thursday June 23, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Center for Human Genetics (CME) in Leuven, to mark the 50th anniversary of the center. The research center works in collaboration with the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven and the Universitaire Ziekenhuizen of Leuven, the Academic Hospital. It specialises in the research of genetic diseases, cancer genetics and neurological disorders. 50 ans de recherche sur les maladies génétiques et la neurologie … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Joins The Red Brigade at European Development Days Event

  June 16, 2016 at 7:20 pm by

Belgian Queen Mathilde joined the other royal ladies who selected red outfits this week as she attended the 10th European Development Days conference in Brussels. She toured the stands and exhibitions that are part of the event, which is hosted by the European Commission to bring together the development community to share ideas to inspire new partnerships and solutions,  before giving a keynote address on the impact of the Sustainable … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit The Emile Verhaeren Exhibition

  June 7, 2016 at 8:33 am by

Earlier today, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited the ‘Emile Verhaeren, een dichter voor Europa’ exhibition on late 19th – early 20th century poet Emile Verhaeren in Sint-Amands. The royals were welcomed by Sint-Amands mayor Peter Van Hoeymissen and Antwerp province governor Cathy Berx. The royals laid flower tribute on the grave of Emile Verhaeren. They then made their way by foot to the Verhaeren Museum where the poets work … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid’s Car Robbed Near Paris: 2000 Euros Stolen

  June 5, 2016 at 3:28 am by

Princess Astrid of Belgium, sister of King Philippe, has become the victim of a car robbery. This was reported by the newspaper Le Parisien yesterday. The car robbery happened on Friday afternoon when the Princess was stuck in a traffic jam on the highway near Aubervilliers, north of Paris. With her in the Mercedes car were her husband Prince Lorenz and one of their daughters. Robbers broke a window of … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Attends Queen Elisabeth Music Contest Award Ceremony

  June 1, 2016 at 8:51 am by

Yesterday, Tuesday May 31, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians participated in the award ceremony of the International Queen Elisabeth Grand Prize – the Queen Mathilde Prize that this year was focused on the piano competition. The ceremony took place at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo. Winner of this year was the Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek who received a prize of 25,000€ and the opportunity to hold concerts … Continue reading

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