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Flashback Friday: Yugoslav Royal Twins Baptised in France

  June 30, 2017 at 4:00 am by

June 30, 1958: Family members pose with newborn Princes Dimitri and Michael of Yugoslavia following their christening. The two infants were born on June 18 to Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and his first wife, Princess Maria Pia of Savoy. In the photograph below can be seen: Front Row (L-R): Prince Jacques and Prince Michel of Orléans, godfathers. Second Row (L-R): Queen Marie José of Italy (maternal grandmother), godmothers Princess Maria Gabriella of … Continue reading

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Now That’s A Cake! Queen Paola Celebrates 80th Birthday Surrounded By Family

  June 29, 2017 at 5:42 pm by

A special concert was held on Thursday evening at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo to celebrate the eightieth birthday of Belgium’s former Queen, Paola. Queen Paola, whose birthday is on September 11, was joined by almost all of her descendants – King Philippe and his wife Mathilde with their four children; Princess Astrid and her husband Lorenz with four of their five children (Princess Maria Laura was absent), their … Continue reading

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Mayors From All The Land: King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Host Reception

  June 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm by

At the Royal Palace of Laeken on Tuesday, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians hosted a reception for all the mayors of Belgium’s towns and municipalities, to thank them for their work over the past year. Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz were also present. Queen Mathilde repeated a gold silk cocktail dress with a white leaf print on the waistline from Natan. Merci pour votre engagement quotidien et votre dévouement! … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Enjoy Final Concert of Queen Elisabeth Music Competition

  June 15, 2017 at 7:52 pm by

The King and Queen of the Belgians were present in the Royal Box at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts on Thursday evening for the final concert of this year’s Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. Performing were the top three laureates of this competition, this year held for cellists for the first time. Victor Julien-Laferrière from France was named the winner of the competition earlier this week; Yuya Okamoto from Japan came second, and Santiago … Continue reading

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Just Like A Baby! Queen Mathilde Feeds The Cows During Farm Visit

  June 13, 2017 at 12:54 pm by

The Queen of the Belgians got her hands dirty while touring two farms in the Namur province on Tuesday – she was given the opportunity to feed some calves while at Ferme de Coux. With a huge grin on her face, Queen Mathilde – in a white and green dress with an orange poppy print around the skirt – offered the calves a bottle of milk which they greedily tucked … Continue reading

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Battle of Messines Centenary Commemorated by Prince William and Princess Astrid

  June 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm by

At the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines, Belgium on Wednesday, the Duke of Cambridge and Princess Astrid of Belgium commemorated 100 years of the Battle of Messines Ridge. The Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kelly, was also present. The Battle was the first where Irish soldiers from both the Unionist and Nationalists sides fought side-by-side. Prince William and Princess Astrid attended the commemoration service, before laying wreaths at the Round Tower in memory of … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Attends European Development Days 2017

  June 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm by

Today, Wednesday June 7, Queen Mathilde was present at the opening ceremony of European Development Days (EDD) 2017 at the cultural center Tour & Taxis in Brussels. The theme of the 11th edition of European Development Days is “Investing in Development”. The forum, organized by the European Commission, aims to bring together the development community with debates, panels, and special events in order to share ideas, experiences, innovative solutions to the world … Continue reading

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On This Day: Death of Lilian, Princess of Réthy

  June 7, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the death of Lilian, Princess of Réthy, second wife of Belgium’s King Leopold III. She died at the age of 85 at the home she had shared with her husband, Domaine d’Argenteuil, in Waterloo. Her funeral a week later was held at the Church of Our Lady in Laeken, after which the Princess was interred – against her wishes – into the Royal Crypt there, beside King … Continue reading

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Concert Time: A Queen, A Princess and A Duchess Enjoy Music Performances

  May 31, 2017 at 8:44 pm by

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians had two special guests with her for this evening’s performance of finalists in the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition: the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Sarvath Al Hassan of Jordan. The trio of royal ladies watched the cello performances of two finalists for this year’s prize, the first for cellists, Maciej Kulakowski and Seungmin Kang, who were both accompanied by the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra.

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On the Mend: Queen Paola Makes First Official Appearance Since Hip Surgery

  May 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm by

At the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken on Wednesday, Queen Paola of Belgium had her first official public engagement since she underwent hip surgery in February. She was joined by her daughter, Princess Astrid, for the diploma presentation of the Queen Paola Prize for Teaching. The awards are presented yearly under a different theme by La Fondation Reine Paola. This year’s theme was ‘Science, Math and Techno: A Key to Our Future!’ and is awarded … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Host Queen Elisabeth Music Competition Jury

  May 30, 2017 at 3:52 pm by

The Queen Elisabeth Music Competition is now in its final week, and King Philippe and Queen Mathilde today hosted a reception at the Royal Palace of Brussels for members of the jury who will be deciding this year’s winner. This year the competition has been opened to cellists for the first time. Queen Mathilde, who is Honorary President of the QEMC, looked lovely in a lime green sleeveless dress with … Continue reading

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The Running Princess: Astrid Completes Brussels 20km

  May 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm by

Belgium’s Princess Astrid took part in the 38th annual Brussels 20km on Sunday, completing the marathon in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 52 seconds. 40,000 runners took part in this year’s race; which Princess Astrid ran for as an ambassador for the Belgian Paralympic Team. After she crossed the finish line, Astrid was congratulated by two of her daughters, Princesses Maria Laura and Laetitia Maria. The Princess was also responsible for … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Meet The President of The United States

  May 24, 2017 at 2:14 pm by

This afternoon, Wednesday May 24, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde received the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife the First Lady, Melania Trump, at the Royal Palace in Brussels. The Royal Couple and the Presidential Couple posed for official photos and then  a private audience took place. The President of the United States is currently in Europe to meet with European leaders and European … Continue reading

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Royals Express Sorrow Over Manchester Attack

  May 23, 2017 at 7:36 am by

Europe’s heads of state have this morning expressed their sorrow and solidarity following the terrorist attack in Manchester last night, which killed 22 people when a bomb went off as people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Over 50 people were injured in the attack. Other royals also shared their messages of support on social media. Queen Elizabeth II this morning issued a message to the Lord-Lieutenant … Continue reading

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Prince Emmanuel Joins His Mother For Queen Elisabeth Music Competition

  May 16, 2017 at 7:12 pm by

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians brought along her younger son, Prince Emmanuel, for the second session of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition semi-final, which is this year being held for the first time for cellists. In each session, four of the 24 semi-finalists, perform either a Haydn or Boccherini concerto or recital accompanied by the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia. The finals will be held later this month. The Queen is … Continue reading

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Palace Profile: Royal Palace of Brussels

  May 14, 2017 at 4:00 am by

The facade of the Royal Palace of Brussels at dusk Location: Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium Built: 1775-1783 (original buildings); 1820-1829 (renovation); 1903-1909 (expansion to current form) Architects: Louis Montoyer (original); Tilman-François Suys (renovation); Alphonse Balat and Henri Maque (expansion) Commissioned By: Willem I of the Netherlands (renovation); Leopold II of the Belgians (expansion) Style: Neoclassical Current Owner: The Belgian State Current Use: State events hosted by the Belgian Monarchy, offices of the Belgian Royal Family Fun Fact: Underneath the Palace lies … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Baudouin and Fabiola in France

  May 5, 2017 at 4:00 am by

May 5, 1975: During a visit to Nice, the Belgian King Baudouin (1930-1993) and his wife Queen Fabiola (1928-2014) are given a tour of the Chagall Museum.

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Queen Mathilde Presents “Queen Mathilde Prize” 2017

  May 4, 2017 at 11:12 am by

Today, May 4, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde handed out the “Queen Mathilde Prize” 2017 in a ceremony held at the royal Palace in Brussels. The theme of this year was “Music Connects”, dedicated to the importance of the music among children and vulnerable young people. The award went to the musical association Watermusic of Ostend that presented to the jury of the prize a project called “Crossing Music”. For this project, children … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit Rik Wouters Exhibition

  April 28, 2017 at 7:30 am by

Yesterday, Thursday April 27, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the exhibition “Rik Wouters. Retrospective” held at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels. The exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp, shows a retrospective of the works made by the Belgian fauvist painter and sculptor Rik Wouters to mark the 100th anniversary of his death. The exhibition consists of more … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit East Flanders

  April 25, 2017 at 3:45 pm by

Today, Tuesday April 25, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Province of East Flanders. The fist stop was at the Wissekerke Castle, situated in the municipality of Kruibeke. Accompanied by the Governor of East Flanders, Jan Briers, and the Mayor of Kruibeke, Jos Stassen, the Royal Couple toured the castle where they signed the Golden Book and then visited the polders of Kruibeke, the largest controlled flood … Continue reading

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