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Exclusive interview with Prince Laurent

  March 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm by

Prince Laurent, the enfant terrible of the Belgian Royal family, gave two student-journalists from the Katholieke Hogeschool Mechelen the scoop many of their professional colleagues have dreamed about for years: an exclusive, three-hour interview with the most colourful personality of the Belgian Royal family… In this interview, the Prince made a number of remarkable statements. He says he never really thought about being a prince, and that cars, money and … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde talks at women congress

  March 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm by

Princess Mathilde talked at a Women’s Congress at the Flemish Parliament, organized by “Steunpunt Allochtone Meisjes en Vrouwen”, an organization which is dedicated to helping immigrant women to emancipate and participate in . In her speech, the princess said it was important to help women everywhere to become independent and emancipated – “Investing in the girls of today, is investing in the women of tomorrow”. The congress was widely attended … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid continues to represent Roll Back Malaria Partnership

  March 14, 2009 at 6:18 am by

The Belgian Royal Family is proud to announce on their website that Princess Astrid, only daughter of King Albert II, will continue to be a Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria programme of the WHO, UNICEF and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Her term will be extended with another two years – so the Princess said herself last Friday. Her new term will begin at the end of … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde Visits Children’s Cancer Hospital

  March 14, 2009 at 3:44 am by

On Wednesday 11 March, Princess Mathilde visited the Children’s cancer department of the University Hospital in Ghent. The Princess talked to children and parents, and was visibly impressed with the courage of the children to face and fight the disease. In a video caption, provided by VRT on Friday 13 March, we can follow the conversation of the Princess with a young cancer patient and her parents. The princess was … Continue reading

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Queen Paola and Princess Claire Visit Exhibition Together

  March 12, 2009 at 6:11 pm by

Today queen Paola of the Belgians and her daughter-in-law, princess Claire, visited the exhibition ‘From van Dijck to Bellotto’ at the Palace of Fine Arts (Bozar) in Brussels. The exhibitions shows the collection of Flemish and Italian masters from the Galleria Sabauda in Turin, which was founded by the court of the house of Savoy. In 1860 the collection was donated to the Italian State. The queen and princess Claire … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde Visits School and Hospital

  March 11, 2009 at 6:05 pm by

Princess Mathilde has visited a school in Blankenberge. The princess listened to the reading of the story ‘Pepijn and the Dark Perfume’ (Pepijn en het duistere parfum) by Katie Velghe. The princess also visited a project of ‘t Jolletje, that coordinates homework with the students of the school, she also attended several workshops. Mathilde thinks reading to children is “important for their development,” says the official website of the Belgian … Continue reading

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King Albert II Meets European Champion

  March 11, 2009 at 5:31 pm by

King Albert II today gave several people an audience in the royal palace of Brussels. First he received Mrs. Julie Fernandez-Fernandez, secretary of state for people with an handicap, under the minister of social affairs and health. After this audience the king, joined by the co-chairmen of the Royal Belgian Athelitic Association, received European champion Eline Berings, who won gold on the 60 metre hurdles at the European Indoor championship … Continue reading

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Busy Days for Belgian Royals

  March 11, 2009 at 5:31 am by

The first two days of this week started with a busy agenda for the Belgian royals. On monday king Albert II gave an audience to Mr. Bernhard Clerfayt at the royal palace of Brussels. Mr. Clerfayt is a secretary of state for the modernisation of the federal Finances. On the same day prince Philippe attended a networking cocktail at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. During this cocktail people who participate … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid and prince Laurent Keep Their Donation – For Now

  March 10, 2009 at 5:29 pm by

The chairman of the Belgian senate, Armand de Decker (Walloon liberals), who is a member of the commission of parliamentarians who are researching the donation of the Belgian royal family, denies that princess Astrid and prince Laurent will not receive a donation anymore. Newspaper De Standaard reports that he also is critical of Pol van den Driessche, a Flemish Christian democrat who also is a member of the commission that … Continue reading

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Belgian Crown Princely Couple Celebrates International Women’s Day

  March 6, 2009 at 5:02 pm by

According to the website of the Belgian royal family, prince Philippe and his wife princess Mathilde today met several strong women at their palace of Laeken. The couple invited 13 succefull Belgian women for a lunch on the occassion of the International Woman’s Day. Among the guests were tennis player Justine Henin, the governor of the province of Antwerp, Cathy Berx and violinist Marie Hallinck. In previous years the crown … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde visits RITS

  March 5, 2009 at 4:48 pm by

On 5 March Princess Mathilde visited the RITS, a Dutch language college for audiovisual and dramatic arts in Brussels. The students not only learn how to direct movies, there are also courses about the more technical side of the job. One of the departments the Princess visited was the animation department. She took the time to talk with students and lecturers while she was there. The Princess is very interested … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde’s Family Ends Feud

  March 5, 2009 at 1:00 pm by

“Life is too short to be fighting,” count Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz, uncle of Belgium’s crown princess Mathilde, tells the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. Mathilde’s father, the late count Patrick d’Udekem d’Acoz was involved in a fight with his brothers Henri and Raoul for years, mainly about a property in Westbroek. The fight was covered in the press and even the court tried to mediate. The stroke and death of count … Continue reading

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Philippe, Mathilde & family on winter holiday

  March 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm by

Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde used last week’s school holiday to take their kids out to the snow. The family stayed in the Swiss Alps, in Verbier, where Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark have been frequent visitors. Princess Elisabeth and Prince Gabriel are already quite skillful on the skis, and they look very cute in helmets and red ski outfit. Thanks to royals.web-log.nl

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Princess Mathilde at Conference “Women and sustainable development”

  March 3, 2009 at 2:33 pm by

Princess Mathilde attended the conference “Women and Sustainable Development” at the University of Leuven, Belgium. The conference was held in honour of International Women’s Day. The Princess is a valiant defender of women’s rights, and was very happy to show her support for this conference. The conference was organized by the “Collectif des Femmes”. (Photo 1, Photo 2)

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Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium named ‘Most Elegant’

  March 1, 2009 at 3:40 pm by

On Friday February 6, 2009, Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium was named the ‘Most Elegant Woman’ by the magazine Elle Belgium. This is the second year for the Elle Style Awards, which were created to honor the achievements in fashion by Belgian designers and celebrities. The princess was unable to attend the awards, but must be delighted nonetheless to receive recognition of her truly elegant style. For more information about … Continue reading

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Belgian Feast Year 2009

  March 1, 2009 at 2:41 pm by

It will be an especially festive year for the Belgian Royal family. The festivities started with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of King Albert I’s death, and the 100th anniversary of his accession to the throne, on February 17. Then there is the golden wedding anniversary of King Albert II and Queen Paola on 2 July. As everyone knows, this marriage knew its ups and downs. Both spouses had … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals attend Mass in remembrance of the deceased family members

  February 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm by

On 17 February, the Belgian Royal family gathered at the Church of Laeken to attend the annual Mass in honour of all deceased family members. Not only the King and Queen were present, but also Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Princess Claire. This year, the mass was held especially in commemoration of King Albert I, who died 75 years ago. They also visited the Royal Crypt … Continue reading

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Queen Paola attends ICMEC meeting in Cairo

  February 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm by

Invited by Mrs. Mubarak, Queen Paola of Belgium attended the meeting of the Honorary Board of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in Cairo on 19 February 2009. In her speech, the Queen emphasised that children all over the world are in need, but that the only way to help them is to mobilize the community. “Please save the innocence of our children”, she implored her audience. She … Continue reading

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Death of the Soldier King

  February 17, 2009 at 12:05 am by

Seventy-five years ago, on 17 February 1934, King Albert I of Belgium fell off the Roche du Vieux Bon Dieu, at Marches-Les-Dames, while mountaineering. He did not survive his fall, and, as quickly as that, Belgium lost its third King. King Albert I was the second son of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and brother of King Leopold II, and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Albert was not meant to become … Continue reading

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Inauguration of Princess Elisabeth Base Antarctica

  February 15, 2009 at 5:31 am by

  The little Princess Elisabeth herself, whose name the polar station so proudly bears, visited the International Polar Foundation in Brussels on the occasion of the inauguration last Friday, together with her father, Prince Philippe. They recorded a video message for the scientists who are stationed in Antarctica, in which the little Princess wished them good luck, in perfect Dutch and French. For more pictures of the event, see belga. … Continue reading

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