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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Continue in Toronto Their State Visit to Canada

  March 14, 2018 at 5:06 pm by

On the third day of their state visit to Canada, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde moved on to Toronto, the capital city of the province of Ontario. Upon their arrival, the Royal Couple was received by Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park. Afterwards the King and the Queen went to the Ontario Legislative Building where they met with David Levac, Speaker of the … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Canada: Day Two

  March 13, 2018 at 6:51 pm by

Today, Tuesday March 13, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde started the second day of their Canadian state visit with a separate program. In the morning the King attended an academic-scientific seminar at the presence of Belgian and Canadian academics, students and researchers. The seminar, titled “Multilingual Education and Language Learning in Canada and Belgium at a Crossroads”, was focused on multilingual education and language learning. https://twitter.com/MonarchieBe/status/973601837780799488 The Queen, in the … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Begin State Visit to Canada

  March 12, 2018 at 8:05 pm by

At the invitation of Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians started today, Monday March 12, a week-long state visit to Canada. The Royal Couple was officially welcomed by Governor-General Payette during a welcoming ceremony held in the courtyard of Rideau Hall, the Government House, in Ottawa, where they arrived in an open horse-drawn carriage accompanied by the Royal Canadian Mounted … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Arrive In Canada Ahead of State Visit

  March 11, 2018 at 8:37 am by

Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde arrived in Canada today, Sunday March 11, ahead of their week-long state visit to the country. Upon their arrival at the Ottawa International Airport they were welcomed by Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, Olivier Nicoloff, Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of Belgium and Raoul Delcorde, Ambassador of Belgium to Canada. The Royal Couple, accompanied by several Ministers, will visit Ottawa, Toronto and … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Visits Support Center for Debt Mediation

  March 9, 2018 at 11:24 am by

Ahead of the upcoming Money Week 2018, Queen Mathilde paid a visit today, Friday March 9, to the Support Center for Debt Mediation in Molenbeek, a municipality in the Brussels-Capital Region. The Support Center for Debt Mediation is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 that aims to “provide assistance to services and debt mediators who assist people in financial difficulty or in situations of financial need or poverty, and more … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Visits the WCU-DANCE Project

  March 7, 2018 at 8:08 am by

Yesterday, Tuesday March 6, Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the WCU-DANCE project (World Children’s Unity Dance – We See You Dance) at the Petit Château in Wijnegem, a municipality in the province of Antwerp. The WCU-DANCE is a non-profit organization that aims to connect through dancing, music and singing children and young people from different backgrounds. The organization offers children an annual dance competition, many dance workshops and a variety … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Visit the German Speaking Community

  February 27, 2018 at 5:11 pm by

Today, Tuesday February 27, King Philippe and Queen Maxima paid a visit to Saint Vith, a municipality located in the Province of Liege and one of the German-speaking communities of Belgium. Upon their arrival in Saint Vith, the Royal Couple visited the St. Joseph’s Clinic. The Clinic, founded in 1976, is a non-profit organization that administers and maintains a hospital, several polyclinic services and consists of around 80 doctors and 440 … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Attend the Krakelingenstoet Festival

  February 26, 2018 at 6:26 am by

Yesterday, Sunday February 25, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of The Belgians were present at the Krakelingenstoet Festival in Geraardsbergen, a municipality in the southern part of the Belgian province of East Flanders. The festival consists of a historic folkloristic procession with approximately 1,000 participants that highlights centuries of history of Geraardsbergen. The 2018 edition of the Krakelingenstoet Festival marks the 950th anniversary of the charter of liberty of the … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals On Skiing Vacation In Verbier

  February 12, 2018 at 1:56 pm by

The King and Queen of the Belgians are currently on their annual winter vacation with their four children in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier. Donning a mix of black and bright coloured ski clothing, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde posed for photos Monday with Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore on the slopes, before treating photographers to a quick ski session.

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Last Day in Ghana for Queen Mathilde

  February 9, 2018 at 10:53 pm by

Queen Mathilde started her third and last day in Ghana today, Friday February 9, with a visit at the Promush Mushroom Project. The project, launched in 2017, aims to “to improve and sustain income of mushroom farmers in the community” but also to implement employment for about 5,500 youth, especially persons with disabilities. The project was established with the help of the European Union – who donated 660,000 Euros – and … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde’s Working Visit to Ghana – Day Two

  February 8, 2018 at 8:23 pm by

Queen Mathilde started the second day of her working visit in Ghana today, Thursday February 8, by paying a visit to the Teshie Presby High School along with the Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. This school, thanks to the help of the Belgian community living in Ghana, provides their students an E-learning laboratory with 150 desktop computers. Teshie Presby High school: session live dans #Televic e-lab #SDGs #GlobalGoals #éducation #innovation @Unicorne_Siona … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde’s Working Visit to Ghana Begins

  February 8, 2018 at 9:52 am by

As an Advocate for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, yesterday Wednesday February 7, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of The Belgians started a three-day working visit to Ghana along with Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation. Upon her arrival at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, the capital of Ghana, the Queen was welcomed by the country’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Tijani … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid Visits Home for Disadvantaged, Presents Sports Award

  January 29, 2018 at 4:38 pm by

Belgium’s Princess Astrid had a busy day on Monday as she first visited a home for the disadvantaged in Brussels before presenting the National Trophy of Sports Merit for 2017. At the Nativitas shelter in Marolles, the Princess – who is patron of the shelter – met with volunteers who provide the men and women who come to the shelter with clothing, food or social support. The shelter also provides … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Welcome Politicians To Palace For New Year’s Reception

  January 18, 2018 at 9:52 am by

Politicians from across Belgium headed to the Royal Palace in Brussels on Thursday, where they attended a New Year’s reception hosted by King Philippe. The King delivered a speech to the gathering, as did Prime Minister Charles Michel. King Philippe thanked the authorities for their work in 2017, and praised the efforts by the whole country in ensuring Belgium remains stable and solid throughout recent economic challenges. “Our economy is energetic … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid’s Economic Missions Announced for 2018 and 2019

  January 13, 2018 at 8:43 am by

As she has done since her brother took the throne in 2013, Princess Astrid of Belgium will again undertake two economic visits in conjunction with the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency this year. She will visit Argentina and Uruguay in June, and Morocco in November. Her visits for 2019 have also been announced: Mexico in March 2019, and China in November 2019. The purpose of these economic missions – which see … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde To Visit Ghana For UN Sustainable Development Goals

  January 8, 2018 at 9:13 am by

The Belgian Royal Court has confirmed Monday that Queen Mathilde will be paying a visit to Ghana in February in conjunction with her role as an advocate of the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals. She will be joined by the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo. They will visit local projects that pay “special attention to quality education, good health (including mental health) and economic empowerment of … Continue reading

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Princess Alix de Ligne and Count Guillaume de Dampierre Welcome First Child

  January 4, 2018 at 12:38 am by

The Facebook page of the Imperial House of Brazil has announced that Princess Alix de Ligne gave birth to a daughter on December 21. The infant was born in Rio de Janeiro and has been named Olympia. She is the first child for Princess Alix and her husband, Count Guillaume de Dampierre. The couple were married in June 2016. Princess Alix is the daughter of the 14th Prince de Ligne … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Host Annual Christmas Concert At Royal Palace

  December 20, 2017 at 9:40 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians hosted the traditional Christmas concert at the Royal Palace of Brussels on Wednesday evening, to thank all staff of the royal court for their efforts over 2017. The couple were joined by their four children – Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore – as well as the King’s sister, Princess Astrid, with her husband Prince Lorenz and youngest daughter, Princess Laetitia … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Receives the Honorary National German Sustainability Award 2018

  December 9, 2017 at 8:07 am by

Yesterday evening, Friday December 8, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians received the Honorary National German Sustainability Award 2018 in a ceremony held at the Maritim in Duesseldorf, Germany. Queen Mathilde was awarded “for her extraordinary social and socio-political commitment as well as her commitment as ambassador of the UN Sustainable Development Goals”.  The Queen is committed to social and humanitarian projects with the Queen Mathilde Fund, UNICEF Belgium, … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Visit the Province of Flemish Brabant

  November 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm by

Today, Wednesday November 29, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Province of Flemish Brabant. The first stop was in the municipality of Grimbergen, where they visited the biofarm Den Diepen Boomgaard. This farm is a social workplace that focus on sustainability and aims to give opportunities to people to gain work experience and expertise. La ferme bio Den Diepen Boomgaard: social ét durable #VisiteProv #Grimbergen pic.twitter.com/UOfjjDZm6e … Continue reading

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