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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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Crown Princess Mathilde Visits Hospital

  February 11, 2009 at 8:05 pm by

02/10/2009 Belgium’s crown princess Mathilde visited the university rehabilitation hospital ‘Léonard da Vinci’ in Montigny-le-Tilleul, near the Wallonian city of Charleroi. The hospital has 150 beds for neurological, locomotor and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. As the princess has a degree in speech therapy and psychology she was interested in getting acquainted with the care programmes of the hospital, claims the website of the Belgian royal family. According to La Nouvelle Gazette, the … Continue reading

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Queen Fabiola in the Hospital for Almost Four Weeks

  February 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm by

The New Year has not treated the Dowager Queen of Belgium so kindly. In the beginning of the year, Her Majesty has undergone surgery of the thyroid gland (while under hypnosis). Not even one week later, on 17 January, Fabiola was admitted to the Hospital of St. John, this time with a severe case of pneumonia (or more correctly, bronchopneumonia). The Queen spent more than three weeks at the Intensive … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Ring in the New Year with Three Different Receptions

  January 22, 2009 at 1:14 am by

Queen Paola and Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium were an elegant duo during the first of the New Year’s receptions, on 13 January 2009 at the Royal Palace in Brussels. The two ladies looked very chic in dark colors (photo 1, photo 2, photo 3 – ANP). During the second of the receptions, on 15 January 2009, Crown Princess Mathilde looked resplendent in a red coat-dress and dragon-fly brooch (photo … Continue reading

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