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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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Philippe & Mathilde in Mexico – Day 3

  March 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm by

On 24 March, the third day in Mexico (the second day of official activities – just to keep things simple), Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium attended the opening of the exposition “Belgica-Mexico, encuentro y reencuentro” at the Mexican Parliament, during which they took the time to talk to the children who were present. They met with Cesar Duarte, chairman of the chambers of deputy. Later, they also attended … Continue reading

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King Albert II And Queen Paola’s Golden Wedding Details

  March 25, 2009 at 7:14 am by

King Albert II and Queen Paola of The Belgians will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on 2 June 2009. The couple married in 1959 and want to organise a special event to mark the occassion. In style with the Belgian royal court this will not be a celebration that includes a glittering parade of foreign royals, instead they usually opt for a celebration with other Belgians, like last year when … Continue reading

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Philippe & Mathilde in Mexico – day 2

  March 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm by

Monday was the second day for the Belgian Prince and Princess in Mexico. In the morning, they visited the Mexican President, Felipe Calderón, and his wife, Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala, at the official Presidential residence Los Pinos in Mexico City. The couple also laid a wreath at the Chapultepec monument. After that, the Presidential and Royal couples visited the Castle of Chapultepec, which was the residence of Emperor Maximilian … Continue reading

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Philippe & Mathilde in Mexico – Day 1

  March 23, 2009 at 2:05 pm by

Belgian Prince Philippe leads an economic mission to Mexico and Panama, and Princess Mathilde accompanies him during official engagements. While her husband is working on strengthening the economic ties between Mexico and Belgium, Princess Mathilde will concentrate on a more social agenda. On their first day in Mexico, 22 March, the Duke and Duchess of Brabant used their free Sunday to enjoy a taste of the local culture. After a … Continue reading

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Philippe & Mathilde on economic mission to Mexico & Panama

  March 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm by

Mexico is a popular place for royals this season. Mexican dignitaries have hardly finished saying goodbye to the Norwegian Crown Princely couple, and now they already have to prepare for yet another royal visit. Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium have started their visit to Mexico. The Prince leads an economic mission to Mexico and Panama. The Princess will attend only the part of the visit to Mexico. They … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen visit European Astronaut Centre

  March 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm by

King Albert and Queen Paola visited the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany today. They were shown around by Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne. The King and Queen were very impressed by everything they saw, and enjoyed chatting with the astronauts and technicians at the EAC. Frank De Winne will go on his second trip to the ISS, and will be its first European commander. See here for the Belga … Continue reading

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Albert II receives Cyclo-Cross Riders in Audience

  March 18, 2009 at 3:28 pm by

King Albert II of Belgium received the Belgian cyclocross riders who participated in the Cyclocross World Championship 2009 in Hoogerheide (NL). Among the riders also the World Champion Niels Albert, the coach of the Belgian team, the Vice President of the Belgian Cyclist federation. The audience took place at the Royal Palace in Brussels. For pictures of the event, see belga.

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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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