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Prince Laurent Discharged From Hospital

  April 9, 2014 at 4:21 am by

Belgium’s Prince Laurent was discharged from hospital yesterday afternoon, after spending three weeks in hospital suffering from pneumonia. The spokesperson for the Royal Court, Pierre-Emmanuel Bauw, confirmed the news, saying that the Prince had been determined stable enough by his doctors at the Brussels Saint-Luc University Hospital to complete his recovery at home. Prince Laurent was admitted to the hospital on March 18, and then placed in an induced coma the … Continue reading

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Chinese State Visit to Belgium

  April 2, 2014 at 12:24 am by

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Mrs Peng Liyuan, started a three day state visit to Belgium on March 30. The President and his wife arrived at the Zaventem Airport in Brussels in the morning, and were welcomed at the airport by Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo. Then, outside the Royal Palace, took place the welcoming ceremony at the presence of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde. After a performace … Continue reading

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Prince Laurent Placed In Artificial Coma

  March 26, 2014 at 7:53 pm by

Following his hospitalisation last week, the Belgian Royal Court confirmed yesterday that Prince Laurent has been placed into an artificial coma by his doctors to aid his recovery from pneumonia. The artificial coma will assist the Prince’s body to heal, as he will not be exerting unnecessary energy, and will allow the antibiotics to fight his illness. It is believed doctors will gradually bring Prince Laurent out of the coma … Continue reading

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Prince Laurent Hospitalised in Brussels

  March 22, 2014 at 2:51 am by

Belgian media yesterday reported that Prince Laurent, the younger son of former King Albert II and Queen Paola, was hospitalised on Tuesday, the reason being ‘exhaustion’. He has been at the Brussels Saint-Luc University Hospital since then. A spokesperson for the palace did not confirm the news, however they stated that the Prince requests privacy. It is believed that despite the exhaustion, there is no cause for concern over the … Continue reading

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King and Queen of the Belgians Visit London

  March 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm by

The King and Queen of the Belgians arrived in London shortly before noon today for a brief introductory visit to the United Kingdom. The couple and their entourage flew in on a Belgian Air Force jet, which had been slightly delayed due to fog over London. The Palace of Westminster was the first stop for the Belgians, as they met with Parliament leadership and the chairmen of the House of … Continue reading

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Belgian Introductory Visit to Italy

  February 23, 2014 at 3:15 am by

On Wednesday February 19th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid an introductory visit to Italy. The Royal Couple arrived in Rome in the late morning, accompanied by the Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo, and the Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders. At Quirinale, the Presidential Palace, the King and the Queen were welcomed with military honors then they were greeted by the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. After posing for photos, took place … Continue reading

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Belgian Introductory Visit to Germany

  February 18, 2014 at 11:39 pm by

On February 17th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde made an introductory visit to Germany. The Royal Couple, accompanied by Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, arrived in Berlin at around 11 o’clock. At their arrival in the German capital, they went to the Bellevue Palace. Outside the Presidential Palace, the King and the Queen were greeted by the German President, Joachim Gauck, and the First Lady, … Continue reading

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Mathilde, Maxima And Catherine Shine In Red

  February 18, 2014 at 9:37 am by

On February 17, Queen Mathilde and the Duchess of Cambridge dressed in red while attending events. Queen Mathilde wore a pleated dress with a matching jacket and hat in red while on an official visit to Germany. With her hair pulled into a simple style, Queen Mathilde accessorized her outfit with black pumps, a clutch and gloves see here. On the same day, attending an event at Buckingham Palace, The Duchess … Continue reading

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Belgium’s Prince Amedeo Engaged

  February 15, 2014 at 7:16 am by

The Belgian Royal Court has announced the engagement of Prince Amedeo to Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein. “Their Royal Highnesses Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz announce with great pleasure the engagement of His Royal Highness Prince Amedeo with Miss Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein,” the official statement provided to the Belgian press read. Photos and a video of the engaged couple are expected to be released tomorrow. Prince Amedeo is the eldest son … Continue reading

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Belgian Introductory Visit to France

  February 7, 2014 at 8:10 am by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid an introductory visit to France on Thursday February 6th. The Royal Couple arrived in Paris by high speed train around noon, accompanied by Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders. Upon arrival in the French capital, the King and the Queen went near Pont de la Concorde where is situated an equestrian monument in memory of King Albert … Continue reading

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Queen Paola and Queen Mathilde Visit “Child Focus”

  February 2, 2014 at 6:23 am by

On Friday January 31th in Brussels, Queen Paola and Queen Mathilde visited the headquarter of the “Child Focus” foundation for a special occasion: Queen Mathilde was appointed as Honorary President of the foundation. The Queen succeeded to her mother-in-law Queen Paola, who was Honorary President since 2002. The mission of the foundation is to provide operational support to investigations surrounding the disappearance and sexual exploitation of children and to prevent … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Turns 41

  January 21, 2014 at 7:00 am by

The Queen of the Belgians celebrated her 41st Birthday on January 20th. Queen Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz was born in Uccle on the 20th of January 1973. Her late father, Patrick d’Udekem d’Acoz was a member of the untitled Belgian nobility and her mother is Polish Countess Anna Maria Komorowska. Mathilde is the eldest child of four siblings. Sadly, her sister Marie-Alix was killed in a car accident in 1997 which … Continue reading

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Princess Claire of Belgium Turns 40

  January 19, 2014 at 3:15 am by

Princess Claire of Belgium celebrated her 40th birthday on January 18th. The Princess who is the wife of Belgian Prince Laurent was born Claire Louise Coombs in Bath, England on the 18th of January 1974. Her parents later resettled near Brussels in Belgium. Claire’s mother is infact Belgian. Claire has an older sister Joanna and a younger brother Matthew. In April 2003, Claire married Prince Laurent of Belgium, the second … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Visits Hong Kong

  December 13, 2013 at 5:15 am by

From December 4th to 7th, Queen Mathilde visited Hong Kong, China. On the evening of Wednesday, December 4th, Queen Mathilde attended the opening of the exhibitions “Dress Code” and “Design in Motion” in occasion of the “Hong Kong Business of Design Week (BoDW)”. Queen Mathilde was accompanied by the Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, the Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters, the Vice-Minister-President of Wallonia Jean-Claude Marcourt and the Minister of Economy Céline … Continue reading

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Prince Joachim of Belgium Turns 22

  December 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm by

December 9th, 2013 Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated his 22nd birthday on December 9th. The Prince is the eldest son of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. Currently the Prince is 8th in the Belgian line of succession. Most recently Prince Joachim attended the abdication ceremony of his grandfather, Albert II, and enthronement ceremony of his uncle, King Philippe, in July of this … Continue reading

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Belgian Official Visit To Luxembourg

  December 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium made a one-day visit to Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg on Monday December 2th. The Royal Couple was accompanied by the Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and the Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. Arriving at 11 o’clock, the King and the Queen were welcomed by the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess, and after the inspection … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Marks Universal Children’s Day

  November 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm by

The Queen of the Belgians today attended events in Brussels to mark the Universal Children’s Day. Queen Mathilde began her day by attending a roundtable meeting organised by UNICEF Belgium, of which she is patron. Wearing a simple deep purple dress matched with a grey overcoat, the Queen delivered a speech in which she spoke of need for quality education for all children worldwide. “Despite much progress, 57 million children … Continue reading

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Belgian Introductory Visit To The Netherlands

  November 10, 2013 at 5:32 am by

On Friday November 8th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium made an introductory visit to King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were received by the King and the Queen of the Netherlands at the Noordeinde Palace. The King and Queen of Belgium were accompanied by the Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and the Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. After an audience at the Royal Palace, … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit Bruges and Brussels

  November 8, 2013 at 8:35 am by

On Friday October 25, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Bruges in the Province of West-Flanders. The Royal Couple arrived at 11 o’clock and were welcomed at the Provincial Court by the Provincial Governor, Carl Decaluwe and the Mayor of Bruges, Renaat Landuyt. After the welcoming speech of the Governor, the King and the Queen received gifts and signed the Golden Book. Later King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended a working lunch … Continue reading

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Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant Turns 12

  October 26, 2013 at 2:19 am by

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Duchess of Brabant turned 12 years old on October 25th. The future Queen of the Belgians is the eldest child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians. The Princess was born at the Hôpital Erasme in Anderlecht, Brussels in 2001 and her full name is Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène. Princess Elisabeth was baptised on December 9th, 2001 at the Royal Chapel of the Ciergnon Castle … Continue reading

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