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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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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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