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Princess Astrid on Economic Mission to Qatar

  March 23, 2015 at 6:14 pm by

Princess Astrid of Belgium is currently on an economic mission to the Middle East, where she will be visiting Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. She arrived in Doha on March 21, and has had meetings with various members of the Qatari Royal Family. Astrid met with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, the Emir of Qatar, and Sheikha Mozah yesterday prior to visiting the Khalifa International Stadium. Today included visits to Qatar … Continue reading

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Philippe & Mathilde Visit Radio Télévision Belge Francophone HQ

  March 19, 2015 at 10:27 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde today paid a visit to the headquarters of Radio Télévision Belge Francophone. The couple were greeted by executives of the station, which is the public broadcaster of the French community in Belgium, before being taken on a brief tour of the studios where they spoke with RTBF journalists. They were also shown VivaCité, a new visual radio studio. During their visit, Philippe and Mathilde helped to celebrate … Continue reading

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King and Queen of the Belgians Visit the Vatican

  March 9, 2015 at 4:54 pm by

Today King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Vatican. They arrived at the Apostolic Palace at 10:30am, greeted by Georg Gaenswein, the prefect of the papal household. Then they had a private audience with Pope Francis that lasted half an hour. During the audience, gifts were exchanged. The King and Queen brought to the Pope a set of nativity figurines made by a Belgian artist and an official … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde in Washington

  March 7, 2015 at 10:56 pm by

Queen Mathilde was in the United States for a brief visit starting on Thursday, when she arrived at the Embassy of Belgium in Washington where the Queen was welcomed by the Belgian Ambassador, Johan Verbeke. The following day, Friday March 6, was quite busy for the Queen. The first event was a meeting with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the President of the World Bank Group. The theme of the meeting was … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Attends Ebola Conference in Brussels

  March 3, 2015 at 6:12 pm by

Today, Tuesday March 3, Queen Mathilde participated in a conference about ebola at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. The title of the conference was “Ebola: from emergency to recovery”, and it took place under the organisation and patronage of the European Union. The conference was also co-chaired by the European Union, the Presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the United Nations, the African Union and the Economic Community of … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in the Province of Flemish Brabant

  February 27, 2015 at 9:51 am by

To mark the 20th anniversary of its foundation, Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians visited the Province of Flemish Brabant on yesterday, February 26. At their arrival in Kampenhout, the Royal Couple were welcomed by the Governor of the Province, Lodewijk De Witte, and the Mayor of Kampenhout, Kris Leaerts, at the communications company Artoos. The King and the Queen made a tour of its headquarters and … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde: Visit to the EU Institutions

  February 26, 2015 at 6:21 am by

Yesterday, Wednesday February 25, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid an official visit to the European Institutions. The first stop was at the European Parliament were the Royal Couple was welcomed by the chairman of the Parliament, Martin Schulz. Then they had a meeting with President Schulz and the political group leaders. The King and the Queen also signed the the distinguished visitors book. Around midday, the Royal Couple went … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Attend Mass for the Deceased

  February 12, 2015 at 6:40 pm by

The Belgian Royal Family today attended the annual mass in honour of the deceased members of the family at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde led the family, including King Albert II and Queen Paola, Princess Claire, Princess Astrid and Archduke Lorenz, Princess Esméralda and Princess Léa, in the celebration. Also present were Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, whose infant son Leopold … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Visits Disability Day Centre

  February 11, 2015 at 6:19 pm by

The Queen of the Belgians today paid a visit to a therapeutic day centre for disabled children in the southern town of Jambes. Les Perce-Neige provides care and education to children in the region that have multiple disabilities. It celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014, and Queen Mathilde was meant to visit the centre in December, however, the visit was postponed in the wake of the death of Queen Fabiola. … Continue reading

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Albert & Paola Inaugurate New Music Chapel Wing

  January 27, 2015 at 11:00 pm by

King Albert and Queen Paola today were present at the opening ceremony of a new wing of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo. The de Launoit Wing, named in honour of the former President of the Music Chapel Count Jean-Pierre de Launoit, has doubled the size of the Music Chapel and cost €10.5million to build. Queen Paola, who is the honorary chairman of the Music Chapel, officially opened the new wing, … Continue reading

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Royals Gather in Poland for Auschwitz Anniversary

  January 27, 2015 at 8:19 pm by

Members of several European Royal Families today attended a commemoration service in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp by Soviet forces. The Kings and Queens of Belgium and the Netherlands, the Crown Princes of Denmark and Norway, the Crown Princess of Sweden and the Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple of Luxembourg were all present at the service, which took place in front of … Continue reading

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Funeral of Queen Fabiola

  December 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm by

Belgium’s Dowager Queen Fabiola, who died last Friday aged 86, was laid to rest today after two ceremonies in Brussels. A cortege processed through the wet, dark streets of Brussels, departing from the Royal Palace at 9:30am. It arrived at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula just before 10am, and all members of the Belgian Royal Family stood silently, emotion evident on their faces, as the Queen’s coffin was … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Pay Respects to Queen Fabiola

  December 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm by

Members of the Belgian Royal Family have paid their respects to the late Queen Fabiola at the Royal Palace of Brussels. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, King Albert and Queen Paola, Prince Laurent, and Princess Astrid and Archduke Lorenz were among the family members to view the late Dowager Queen’s body where it lies in the Palace’s Great Hall in a simple light oak coffin. Others present were Archduchess Marie … Continue reading

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Belgian Queen Fabiola Has Died

  December 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm by

The Belgian Royal Court today announced that Queen Fabiola, the widow of the late King Baudouin, has passed away at Stuyvenberg Castle in Brussels. She was 86. “Their Majesties the King and Queen and members of the Royal Family announce with very great sadness the death of Her Majesty Queen Fabiola this evening at Stuyvenberg Castle in Brussels,” the official statement read. King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, the Duchess of Brabant and … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Celebrates Universal Children’s Day

  November 23, 2014 at 7:19 am by

This past Thursday, Queen Mathilde attended the celebration of the International Day of the Rights of the Child. The Queen attended a roundtable meeting organized by UNICEF Belgium and Plan Belgique, a non-governmental organization independent. This year’s celebration was focused on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The celebration took place at the sports center ADEPS in Auderghem, where about 400 children greeted the … Continue reading

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British & Belgian Royals Attend Opening of WWI Memorial

  November 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm by

The monarchs of Britain and Belgium united today to open a World War One memorial in London. Queen Elizabeth II and King Philippe were present for the dedication of the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at the Wellington Barracks. The pair were joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Cambridge for the event, which included a prayer service and music played by the Grenadier Guards’ Band and the Household … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Attends Inter-Religious Conference

  September 9, 2014 at 9:07 pm by

The Queen of the Belgians was this evening present at the closing ceremony of an inter-religious conference that has been taking place in Antwerp. ‘Peace Is The Future: Religions and Cultures in Dialogue 100 Years After World War One’ was organised by the Community of Sant’Egidio to bring together the different religions of the world to pray for continued peace and to enter into dialogues to assist religions work together to … Continue reading

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Festivities in Maastricht to Mark 200th Anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

  August 31, 2014 at 2:24 am by

The heads of state of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany gathered in Maastricht yesterday to mark the 200th anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, and President Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt for the celebrations, entitled ‘Hello World!’, in Maastricht, which included a fashion show, concert and an … Continue reading

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Royals Commemorate the Start of WWI

  August 5, 2014 at 8:41 pm by

On August 4, a ceremony to commemorate the start of the First World War was held at St. Symphorien, near Mons in Belgium. The event was attended by the King and Queen of the Belgians, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the King of Spain, the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, as well as the Presidents of France and Germany. During the event, King Philippe, Prince William, President Hollande and … Continue reading

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Dutch King and Queen Receive First MH17 Victims

  July 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm by

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were yesterday present for a solemn service at Eindhoven Airbase, as the first bodies of victims of last week’s Malaysia Airlines plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands. Representatives of the ten nations which lost citizens in the incident were also present to receive the 40 coffins upon their arrival from the Ukraine on Dutch and Australian military planes. Prince Laurent of Belgium was sent to … Continue reading

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