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Last Day in India for Philippe and Mathilde

  November 10, 2017 at 6:37 pm by

Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians started the fifth and last day of their Indian state visit by playing cricket at the sporting ground Oval Maidan. At the event were present school children, and former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, who works together with UNICEF India to promote the importance of sport among children. #Belgium’s Royal couple play cricket in #Mumbai, @virendersehwag presents King Philippe with autographed … Continue reading

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Philippe and Mathilde Continue in Mumbai Their State Visit to India

  November 9, 2017 at 8:29 pm by

On the fourth day of the state visit to India, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde moved on to Mumbai, capital city of the Indian State of Maharashtra. Upon their arrival, the Royal Couple was received by the Governor of the State of Maharashtra, Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, and his wife Vinodha at Malabar Hill, the Residence of the Governor. After a meeting, the Governor hosted a lunch. In the afternoon the King and … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to India: Day Three

  November 8, 2017 at 7:03 pm by

Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde started their third day in India with a separate program. In the morning the King went to the headquarters of the Confederation of Indian Industry for the opening of the Indian-Belgium business forum with Indian and Belgian CEOs that discussed about innovation, industry 4.0, sustainability and trade opportunities. The Queen, in the meantime, had a working breakfast along with the Deputy Prime Minister and … Continue reading

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Prince Laurent Will Be Absent From King’s Feast

  November 8, 2017 at 6:19 pm by

Prince Laurent, the enfant terrible of Belgium’s royal family, will be absent from the Te Deum for the King’s Feast on November 15th. The palace confirmed the absence to VTM News. It is unclear why the prince will be absent. In September the attorney of Laurent said that the prince was too ill to meet the Belgian Prime Minister. The meeting was arranged after Laurent attended a reception at the … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to India: Day Two

  November 7, 2017 at 7:42 pm by

Today, Tuesday November 7, the second day of the state visit, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were officially welcomed during a welcoming ceremony held in the courtyard of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Indian Presidential Palace, in New Delhi. At the ceremony were present the Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind, along with his wife Savita Kovind and the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The King inspected the guard of honour and the … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Begin State Visit to India

  November 6, 2017 at 11:51 am by

Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of The Belgians started today, Monday November 6, a week-long state visit to India. The Royal Couple arrived in India on Sunday accompanied by a large business and institutional delegation comprising of Belgian Ministers and CEOs of Belgian companies. On their first day, the King and Queen paid a visit to the famous mausoleum, Taj Mahal, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 and … Continue reading

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Belgian Prime Minister Will Propose Answer To Prince Laurent’s Attorney

  October 27, 2017 at 8:15 am by

The saga around Prince Laurent’s Visit to the Chinese Embassy this summer has not ended yet. Prime Minister Charles Michel was questioned in parliament about next steps in this process. In August the prince visited a party at the Chinese embassy in Brussels where the 90th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Army was celebrated. The prince did not tell the prime minister about this visit in advance. The visit became … Continue reading

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Two Be(ne)lux State Visits Announced

  October 27, 2017 at 7:10 am by

Two Benelux State Visits have been announced yesterday. Both state visits will take place in November. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde will be visiting India from November 5th to 11th. The Belgian king and queen will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and by the prime ministers of Belgium’s various regions and communities. The visit will focus mainly on New Delhi and Mumbai. The State Visit of the Grand … Continue reading

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Princess Lea Wants to Sell Her Castle

  October 26, 2017 at 2:45 am by

Newspaper La Libre reports that Princess Lea has put her castle in Marche -en-Famenne (Belgian Luxembourg) for sale. The widow of prince Alexandre of Belgium bought the castle in 2011 and renovated it in 2016. See the photos here. The castle is located on an estate of 70 acres and is located 100 kilometers from Brussels. The building consists of the 18th century castle and a house for the concierge. … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Visits the Exhibition “Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Urban Projects”

  October 25, 2017 at 10:36 am by

Yesterday, Tuesday October 24, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the exhibition “Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Urban Projects” held at the ING Art Center in Brussels. The exhibition is a retrospective of the urban projects created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude between 1962 and 2005 and it consists in a selection of about eighty original works – sketches, sketches, collages and models. Christo and Jeanne-Claude were a married couple of … Continue reading

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Princess Elisabeth Celebrates Her 16th Birthday

  October 25, 2017 at 7:36 am by

Crown Princess Elisabeth of Belgium has used the social media accounts of the Belgian Palace to thank everybody for the birthday wishes she has received. The palace also released three new photos of the princess on their Facebook and Instagram accounts. The photos were accompanied by the hashtag: #sweetsixteen. Princess Elisabeth was born on the 25th of October 2001, at 21:58 exactly.

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Poll: 58% of Belgians Want Country To Remain A Monarchy

  September 24, 2017 at 2:03 am by

A new poll conducted for Belgian royalty program Place Royale has shown that 58.2% of respondents want Belgium to remain a monarchy in the future. 1,000 people were surveyed by IVOX, a research agency, earlier this month to ascertain support for the monarchy across a cross-section of the populace. They were asked what they wanted Belgium to be in the future – a monarchy or a republic – and also if the monarchy … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Visit the Province of Namur

  September 21, 2017 at 6:43 pm by

Today, Thursday September 21, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians paid a visit to the Province of Namur. The first stop was in the municipality of Sombreffe where they visited Bébé Bus, a childcare for children from 0 to 3 years that offers support to the parents. This service is active in 30 municipalities of the Province of Namur. The Royal Couple met with the founders of Bébé … Continue reading

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Back To School For Belgium’s Young Royals

  September 1, 2017 at 10:30 am by

September 1 brings the first day of the academic year for Belgium’s schoolchildren, including the four children of the country’s King and Queen. The Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel and Princess Eleonore were accompanied by their father, King Philippe, for the journey to Sint-Jans Berchmans College in Brussels, while Queen Mathilde dropped Prince Emmanuel off at the Eureka School in Kessel-Lo. Princess Eleonore, the youngest of the group, seems to have … Continue reading

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100 Years On: Royals Mark Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele

  July 31, 2017 at 5:05 pm by

On July 31, the Prince of Wales, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Vice Admiral Tim Laurence and King and Queen of the Belgians attended commemorations of the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele at the Tyne Cot ceremony near Ypres. Prince Charles gave a speech during the ceremony, where he said “we remember it is not only for the rain that fell, the mud that weighed down the living and swallowed the … Continue reading

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The Cambridges Commemorate the Hundredth Anniversary of the Battle of Passschendaele

  July 30, 2017 at 2:56 pm by

On July 30, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a commemoration service on the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, which was held in Belgium at the Menin Gate in Ypres. They were joined by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians as well as British Prime Minister Theresa May; also present was Princess Anne’s husband Tim Laurence. The Battle of Passchendaele was the third battle at Ypres … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family Celebrates National Day

  July 21, 2017 at 6:41 pm by

The Royal Family of Belgium was out in force on Friday to help the country celebrate its National Day. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were joined by their four children – Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eleonore – for a Te Deum service at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels, while Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attended a service in Leuven, and Prince Laurent … Continue reading

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Bringing Out The Brights: Pink and Red For Mathilde and Astrid At Belgian National Day Concert

  July 20, 2017 at 7:12 pm by

On Thursday evening, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were joined by Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz for the traditional concert held by the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition to mark the beginning of National Day festivities. The two couples attended the concert by the National Orchestra of Belgium and Ji Young Lim, the winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition for Violin at the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles. Queen Mathilde wore a … Continue reading

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Cheerful Coral For Queen Mathilde As She Visits Magazine Editorial Rooms

  July 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm by

Belgium’s Queen Mathilde looked fabulous in a cheerful coral frock on Thursday for a visit to the editorial rooms of the country’s two oldest women’s magazines, Femmes d’Aujourd’hui and Libelle. The Queen was first shown an exhibition on the history of the magazines, which were founded in 1933 and 1938 respectively, then attended a drafting meeting with magazine editors and staff. She was also given a tour of the editorial offices, … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family Visit Mercator Museum Ship

  July 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians took their four children on a visit to the Mercator Museum Ship in Ostend on Saturday. Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore all showed great interest as they were shown around the ship’s decks. The ship was formerly a training ship of the Belgian merchant fleet, with sailing years between 1932 and 1961, upon which time it became a … Continue reading

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