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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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Prince Laurent and Princess Claire Attend The Defil’Eco Show

  April 30, 2015 at 2:30 am by

On Wednesday evening, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended a fashion show in in Liege. The Defil’Eco Show was showcasing second hand clothes and accessories. Upon arrival, Princess Claire was given a bouquet of flowers from a 9 year old girl. The couple posed for pictures and greeted some of the guests before taking their seats. Upcoming designers and known designers showcased their collection. The show has taken place for … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde: Visit to the EU Institutions

  April 21, 2015 at 5:44 pm by

Today King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and the Eurocorps in Strasbourg, France. They were accompanied by the Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. At their arrival, the King and the Queen were received by Anne Brasseur, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. … Continue reading

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Laurent, Claire and Children Visit Anne Frank Exhibition

  April 20, 2015 at 7:25 pm by

This afternoon, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire took their three children to see the Anne Frank exhibition that is currently being held at the Abbey of Stavelot. A small robot greeted the royal guests when they arrived, before they spent about two hours touring the exhibition called ‘La maison d’Anne Frank’ that has been designed to “encourage thinking about the events leading up to the Holocaust and how the challenges … Continue reading

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King Albert Presents Prince Albert Fund 2015 Diplomas

  April 2, 2015 at 6:22 pm by

King Albert today presented the Prince Albert Fund diplomas for 2015 in a ceremony at the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium offices in Brussels. He was accompanied by his daughter, Princess Astrid. The Fund, which this year celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, provides scholarships to young professionals so they can work on a project for a Belgian company abroad. Over 360 individuals have received scholarships sine 1984. During the event, a … Continue reading

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The ECF Princess Margriet Awards 2015

  April 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm by

Yesterday, Tuesday March 31, Princess Margriet and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, along with Princess Astrid of Belgium and her daughter-in-law Princess Elisabetta, attended the ECF Princess Margriet Awards 2015 at the Bozar Center for Fine Arts in Brussels. The laureates of the 7th edition of the awards were the Athens Biennale from Greece and the Visual Culture Research Center from Ukraine. The Athens Biennale is a contemporary art exhibition … Continue reading

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Queen Paola Visits Prize Winners in Namur

  March 25, 2015 at 7:29 pm by

Queen Paola visited the Namur Technical Institute (ITN) in Namur today. Here she met with the winners of the Prix Terre d’Avenir. The Queen toured the institute and viewed the creation that earned the institute the prize, a gateway which allows people with reduced mobility to access trains on the SNBC (Belgian National Rail), before meeting with students who helped design it. She was accompanied by Belgian polar explorer Alain Hubert and … Continue reading

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