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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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Astrid and Lorenz at Para-Equestrian Tournament

  April 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm by

Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium attended the International Paralympic Competition organized by the non-profit-making association “Quadrille” in Moorsele on Sunday 19 April, at the riding school “Zilveren Spoor” (the Silver Spur). The Princess was very impressed with the rider’s performance. She and her husband enjoyed extensive talks with the athletes and spectators, and they also visited the stables. See here for a summary of Princess Astrid and Prince … Continue reading

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Princess Claire at Télévie Rally

  April 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm by

On Sunday 19 April, Princess Claire of Belgium attended the Télévie Rally in Charleroi. Télévie is organized every year by the commercial television RTL-TVI. It is an action in which attention is asked for cancer and leukemia, and through all sorts of actions funds are collected for research and social projects. The kick off of this year’s action was given at the Long Term parking lot of the Airport of … Continue reading

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Royal Greenhouses in Laeken open to the public

  April 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm by

From today the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken are open to the public again, for about three weeks (17 April to 10 May). As usual, the first day of opening is reserved for the press only, who are allowed to marvel at the exotic flowers, which are in full bloom now. The Royal Greenhouses were built under the reign of Leopold II by Alphonse Balat, a famous Belgian architect who was … Continue reading

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New biography for Albert II of Belgium

  April 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm by

This June, King Albert II of Belgium will celebrate his 75th birthday, and about one month later, The King and Queen of the Belgians have their golden wedding anniversary. To celebrate these festivities, a new biography about King Albert is published, “Albert II. De vorst met de glimlach” (Albert II, King with the smile). The biography was written by Erik Wellens, renowned copywriter for celebrity books and biographer. The book … Continue reading

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Princess Claire of Belgium: Six years of royal style

  April 11, 2009 at 11:40 am by

In April 2003, Prince Laurent of Belgium married Miss Claire Coombs, a British-born surveyor, who has been living in Belgium since the age of three. Since her engagement and wedding to Prince Laurent, Princess Claire has shown that she is partial to a relaxed, yet elegant style. She is a low-key, yet beautiful princess who seems happiest when she is with her family. Congratulations to Laurent and Claire on their … Continue reading

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Royals Attend Charity Gala for Uzbekistan

  April 9, 2009 at 3:09 am by

The Duchess of Württemberg yesterday attended a gala dinner for the launch of the charity fund ‘Uzbekistan 2020′ dedicated to developing cultural, intellectual and human exchanges between Western Europe and Uzbekistan, at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Other royal guests were princess Léa of Belgium, prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, prince of Venice and Piedmont, and Princess Helene of Yugoslavia. Other guests were Bernadette Chirac, wife of the … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid on RBM Tour – Part 3

  April 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm by

Princess Astrid, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria programme of the UN, is on a week-long visit to Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar. Today, 1 April, the Princess left Saudi Arabia and moved on to the UAE. She started her visit in Abu Dhabi, with a visit to Minister of Health, Humaid Mohammed Obaid al Qattami, to discuss the UAE’s strategy in eradicating the disease. Princess Astrid praised the … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid on RBM Tour – Part 2

  April 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm by

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative to Roll Back Malaria (RBM) is on a tour of a week in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE, to promote consciousness of malaria and how it can be prevented. Last Sunday, 29 March, the Princess met with Prince Alwaleed and his wife, Princess Amira at his office in the Kingdom Tower in Riyadh. Prince Alwaleed and Princess Amira hosted a luncheon for the … Continue reading

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Albert & Paola in Waregem

  March 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm by

This morning, 31 March, King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium visited thecity of Waregem. They started the visit at the city hall, signing the obligatory documents, and then went around the market to greet the people gathered there. The sunny weather had persuaded many people to come out to see the monarchs. Around 11 o’clock the King visited Thermote & Vanhalst, a company for forklift trucks, aerial platforms … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde Keeps Her Promise

  March 31, 2009 at 5:00 am by

Princess Mathilde of Belgium has visted ‘t Goteringenhof, a social project for children and seniors in Gooik, Kester. The farm is owned by Dirk Decoster and Anita Baeyens. Last year the princess was unable to attend the agricultural fair ‘Agriflanders’ and she asked if it was possible to visit the farm at another date, which was yesterday. ‘t Goteringenhof is not just an ordinairy dairy farm as they have 100 … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid on RBM tour

  March 28, 2009 at 6:18 pm by

On 27 March, Princess Astrid, Special Representative for Roll Back Malaria, left on a visit around Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to raise consciousness in these countries about the devastating consequences of malaria, and how this disease can easily be prevented. She is accompanied by Prof. Dr. Awa Coll-Seck. On her first day, she met with Saudi Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, President of the Saudi … Continue reading

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Busy Belgians

  March 28, 2009 at 5:09 pm by

It has been a busy time for the Belgian Royals these past few days. While Princess Mathilde returned from the economic mission in Mexico, Prince Philippe travelled on to Panama for the second part of the mission. On 26 March he met Panama’s President Martin Torrijos at the Presidential Palace in Panama City. On his second and last day in Panama, the Prince visited an energy plant in Colon City, … Continue reading

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Philippe & Mathilde in Mexico – Day 4

  March 26, 2009 at 3:42 pm by

25 March was the fourth day for Princess Mathilde and Prince Philippe in Mexico. While her husband was making preparations for the second part of the economic mission in Panama, the Princess visited Casa Hogar in Toluca, where she took all the time in the world to give the children there all the attention. She also talked to some of the people who had come out to greet her. Later … Continue reading

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Most Elegant Royals in Hola vote

  March 26, 2009 at 3:35 pm by

Each week Spanish magazine Hola (sister of the Britsh version Hello) runs a poll online to see which person their readers think has worn the most elegnat outfit. Winners of the weekly poll are then put into a monthly vote with those winners going forward to the Grand Finale at the end of year. This weeks vote includes a number of royals – Queen Rania, Crown Princess Mathidle, Infanta Elena … Continue reading

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King Albert II and Prince Laurent in action

  March 25, 2009 at 4:17 pm by

The theme of the engagements for the Belgian royals still present in the country these days seems to be (un)employment. Today, 25 March, King Albert II attended the second day of the international colloquium “20 Years Actiris” at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. Actiris is the Brussels regional department for employment. Only yesterday, Prince Laurent was present at the opening of Hanger S in Mechelen, Belgium. Hanger S will house … Continue reading

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