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Prince Philippe at Soyuz Launch

  May 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm by

Prince Philippe of Belgium travelled to the Kazach steppes, to Star City Baikonur, where he attended the launch of the Soyuz, which carries Russian Cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk and Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne. The Soyuz is supposed to arrive at the ISS in two days. Prince Philippe, who was also present when Frank De Winne came back from his previous space trip, attended the very last … Continue reading

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Royal Ladies at QEC 2009 Luncheon

  May 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm by

Queen Fabiola, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid and her husband, Archduke Lorenz, and Princess Claire had lunch today with the jury members of the Queen Elisabeth Competition – Violin, of which the semi-finals were performed yesterday evening. The lunch was hosted at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Queen Fabiola is the patron lady of the Competition. This year, members of the jury include Jaime Laredo and Martin Beaver. The Queen Elisabeth … Continue reading

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New Article at The Royal Articles – Princess Louise of Belgium: ‘Eve after the Fall of Man’

  May 22, 2009 at 3:10 am by

A new article on Princess Louise of Belgium has been published on The Royal Articles. A short description of the article is as follows: “After an unhappy childhood in the court of her father King Leopold II, Princess Louise Marie of Belgium gained some freedom in her marriage to Prince Philip of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. However, the couple drifted apart, and Louise finally found happiness with Count Geza Mattachich. Her life with … Continue reading

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King Baudouin International Development Prize awarded

  May 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm by

Almost the entire Royal family was present at yesterday’s awarding ceremony of the King Baudouin International Development Prize. King Albert II of Belgium and Queen Paola hosted a luncheon and reception at the Brussels Royal Palace, and the event was also attended by Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz , Princess Claire and Queen Fabiola, who still looked rather fragile after her long absence due to illness in … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen at inauguration of Magritte Museum

  May 20, 2009 at 3:11 pm by

King Albert and Queen Paola of Belgium attended the inauguration of the opening of the Magritte Museum. The museum collected over 250 works of the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte, and can present the largest collection of Magritte’s works in the world. the museum is part of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels, and will be open to the public from 2 June onwards. Prince Laurent and Princess … Continue reading

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Mathilde battles against AIDS

  May 18, 2009 at 1:52 pm by

This afternoon, Princess Mathilde participated in a colloquium at the Belgian Senate, held in honour of Dr. Peter Piot, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and current Executive Director of the UNAIDS, the programme of the UN to fight AIDS. The colloquium was entitled “Peter Piot and the battle against AIDS”. Princess Mathilde is a special representative of UNICEF/UNAIDS for orphans and other vulnerable children by cause of AIDS. … Continue reading

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Murder Threat for Queen Fabiola

  May 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm by

Today it was announced that, last Tuesday, the Belgian newspaper “La Dernière Heure” has received a letter in which Queen Fabiola of Belgium, widow of the late King Boudouin I, is threatened with assasination by crossbow during the Défilé on the next Belgian National Holiday, 21 July. The letter was written in French, but with many spelling mistakes. It is not very coherent or in touch with reality. It accuses … Continue reading

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Captain Laurent Attends Anniversary of Tienen & Military Divers

  May 11, 2009 at 9:22 am by

Prince Laurent has attended the anniversary of the city of Tienen, where he spoke about military divers. According to the newspaper ‘Gazet van Tienen’ the prince looked tired and skinny. The prince listened to the official speeches at the city hall of Tienen, with admirable patience, the newspaper adds. After the official part was over, the prince took some time to talk to the press. He expressed his admiration for … Continue reading

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Prince Philippe’s Economic Mission To South Korea

  May 11, 2009 at 7:35 am by

Another economic mission for prince Philippe of Belgium this week. From May 9th to May 15th the prince and a delegation of Belgian business(wo)men visit the republic of South Korea. The mission has been organized by the agency for foreign trade, in close participation with the export promoting services like Flanders Investment & Trade, Awex and Brussels Export. The minister of foreign affairs, karen De Gucht, will be esorting the … Continue reading

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‘Palace Killed Laurent’s Acting Career’

  May 11, 2009 at 7:02 am by

Het Nieuwsblad reports that the protocol services of the royal palace in Brussels have prevented prince Laurent from starting an acting carreer in 1995. When Belgian film director Rob Van Eyck was making the short move ‘Berncastel’, with Wendy van Wanten as a woman who commits suicide, he got to know prince Laurent. The prince called actress Wendy van Wanten so frequently that the director once answered the phone instead … Continue reading

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Queen Fabiola in Public Again At The Queen Elisabeth Concours

  May 9, 2009 at 5:56 pm by

Today Queen Fabiola of the Belgians performed her first official duty since her stay in hospital earlier this year. The 80 year old queen was admitted to the hospital in January due to a pneumonia. She left the St. John’s hospital in Brussels on February 20th. The queen attended a concert of the annual queen Elisabeth concours, at the conservatorium in Brussels. The queen received a warm applause when she … Continue reading

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Queen Paola And Princess Mathilde Attend Concert

  May 8, 2009 at 5:43 am by

Queen Paola of the Belgians and her daughter-in-law princess Mathilde, yesterday attended a concert by José van Dam, the famous Belgian baritone. The concert was hold at the Flagey, a cultural and musical center in Brussels. The concert was organized because of the international breast cancer conference ‘Impakt’ that will be held from 7 to 9 May in Brussels. The conference has been organized by the Jules Bordet Institute and … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde Against Child Abuse

  May 7, 2009 at 3:21 pm by

Princess Mathilde of Belgium participated in a meeting between Belgian youngsters and youngsters from Southern countries. The children met each other, in a meeting organized by ‘Plan Belgium’ to discuss the theme: daily violence against children from development countries. The meeting was held at the Bronks theatre in Brussels. According to the website of the Belgian royal family thinks it is valuable that youngsters can express themselves on issues that … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid Opens Clinic At St. Peter Hospital

  May 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm by

Princess Astrid of Belgium is known for her dedication to health care. She was therefore the most suitable person to open the new pudendal nerve entrapment clinic of the St. Peter hospital in Brussels. The clinic will be dedicated to problems of the lower pelvis only. One out of three women have problems with their pelvis, sometimes caused by female genital cutting or after a woman gives birth. ‘Over 90 … Continue reading

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Coins For Albert II And Queen Paola’s Golden Wedding

  May 5, 2009 at 4:24 pm by

On July 2nd 1959 Prince Albert of Belgium, prince of Liège married the Italian aristocrat Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria in Brussels. To commemorate this wedding anniversary, the Belgian mint decided to release a commemorative coin. And who could better make the first one than the golden couple themselves? So today king Albert II and queen Paola visited the royal mint today in Brussels to do exactly that. The king … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde Attends Meeting For Development and Cooperation

  May 5, 2009 at 3:22 pm by

Princess Mathilde of Belgium attends the ‘Development Cooperation Assises’, a forum of Belgian development cooperation policy makers and actors, NGO’s, parlementarians and academics, at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. The theme of this year’s second assises is ‘The impact of the financial and economic crisis on low-income African countries. Another topic of the forum was to make a balace of realizing the milenium goals set by the United Nations. In … Continue reading

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‘Prince Laurent Wanted To Become A Muslim’

  May 5, 2009 at 3:07 pm by

Belgium’s prince Laurent never ceases to amaze people. This time the Flemish royalty author Jan van den Berghe, claims in his new book ‘God in Laken, het Belgische koningshuis en het katholicisme’ (God at Laeken, the Belgisan royal family and catholicism) that prince Laurent wanted to become a muslim and that he wanted to marry a woman from Mauretania. The magazine ‘Knack’ was able to read Van den Berghe’s book … Continue reading

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Queen Paola and Princess Claire visit Charles the Bold Exhibition

  April 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm by

Queen Paola and Princess Claire of Belgium visited the “Charles the Bold – Splendour in Burgundy” exhibition at the Groeninge Museum in Bruges today. Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attended the opening of the exhibition about a month ago, and they must have been very impressed with what they saw, because they convinced two others from their family to pay an official visit. The exhibition really is unique, as it … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde at Inbev-Baillet Latour prize awards

  April 30, 2009 at 3:36 pm by

Today Princess Mathilde attended the awards ceremony of theyearly Inbev-Baillet Latour Health Prizes. These awards honour postdoctoral clinical research in Belgium, and grant a nice sum to the winner(s). This year, Dr. Laurence de Leval was awarded the ‘clinical research’ prize for her research in the cardio-vascular field. The ‘Health’ prize was awarded to Finish Kari Alttalo (L) and Seppo Yla-Herttuala (R). The prize is named after a noble family … Continue reading

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Mathilde voted most popular European princess by PdV

  April 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm by

Princess Mathilde was voted the most popular and best future Queen Consort by a poll of the French royalty magazine Point de Vue. She received 47,8% of the votes, and led the poll by a large margin. Second in the poll was the Dutch Princess Máxima (21,1%), closely followed by Letizia, the Princess of Asturias (17,8%). Only 10% of the votes went to Mary of Denmark, and Mette-Marit of Norway … Continue reading

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