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Queen Mathilde in New York

  September 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm by

Last week, Queen Mathilde was in New York to attend the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit, “Architects for a Better World”. On September 18th, the Queen participated in a side event co-hosted by UNICEF and Global Compact Belgium with the theme ‘Children’s rights are everyone’s business’. ”I am delighted to see that my country, Belgium, is a frontrunner in mobilising the business community on children’s rights”, she said in her … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in Mons

  September 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm by

On Tuesday September 17th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Mons in the Province of Hainaut. Arriving in Mons at 11:00, the Royal Couple were welcomed at the Provincial Palace by the Mayor of Mons, Elio Di Rupo, the Governor of the Province of Hainaut, Tommy Leclercq and the Walloon Minister-President Rudy Demotte. At the Town Hall, the King and the Queen signed the Golden Book of the Province and … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in Wavre

  September 13, 2013 at 1:32 am by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde on Tuesday September 10th visited Wavre in the Province of Walonian-Brabant. At the arrival in Wavre, the Royal Couple were welcomed in the Town Hall by the Mayor Charles Michel and the Governor Marie-José Laloy. After signing the guestbook, the King and the Queen went to the streets of Wavre to take a walk and be greeted by the people. During the walk the Royal … Continue reading

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Queen Paola of Belgium Turns 76

  September 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm by

Queen Paola of Belgium turns 76 years old on September 11. Queen Paola is the wife of King Albert II of Belgium, who recently abdicated in favour of their eldest son, Philipe. Born Donna Paola Margherita Maria Antonia Consiglia Ruffo di Calabria in Italy in 1937, she is the youngest daughter of the Italian noble Prince & Princess Ruffo di Calabria. In 1958, she met the future King of Belgium … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde’s Visits to the Provinces

  September 8, 2013 at 6:55 am by

On Friday September 6th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde started their visits to the Provinces in Leuven, Province of Flemish-Brabant Having arrived in the morning, the Royal Couple were greeted by Governor Lodewijk De Witte and Mayor Louis Tobback at the Town Hall, where an official reception took place and where they met authorities of welfare, culture, business and sports. Then the King and the Queen went for a walk … Continue reading

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Princess Maria Laura of Belgium Turns 25

  August 26, 2013 at 3:37 am by

Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este turned 25 years old on August 26. The Princess, who is the eldest daughter of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este, was born in Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium in 1988. Currently, Princess Maria Laura of Belgium is seventh in line to the Belgian throne. The Princess has attended many royal events, including the recent abdication ceremony of her grandfather, King … Continue reading

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Prince Gabriel of Belgium Turns 10

  August 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm by

Prince Gabriel of Belgium turns 10 years old on August 20th. The Prince is the eldest son and second child of King Philipe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium. Prince Gabriel was born at Anderlecht, near the Belgian capital Brussels, and has an older sister, Princess Elisabeth. Currently second in line to the Belgian throne, the Prince was baptised in October 2003 at the chapel of the royal château de Ciergnon … Continue reading

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Belgian King Takes Son to Hockey Championships

  August 18, 2013 at 2:43 am by

The Red Panthers and the Red Lions (the Belgian national hockey teams) had a royal cheer squad for their first pool matches in the EuroHockey Nations Championships yesterday, as King Philippe and his elder son Gabriel attended both the women’s and men’s games. King Philippe and Prince Gabriel meet with the Panthers (the female team) before their match, after listening to the team sing an acapella version of the Belgian … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family Attend Anniversary Mass for King Baudouin

  August 2, 2013 at 5:09 am by

Members of the Belgian Royal Family attended an anniversary mass at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula in Brussels on July 31st. The mass marked the 20th year since the death of the beloved King Baudouin in 1993. Attending the mass were King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, and Prince Laurent and his wife, Princess Claire. Following the mass, members … Continue reading

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Belgian Photo Session in France

  July 25, 2013 at 6:28 am by

Following his installation at King of the Belgians this past Sunday, King Philippe and his family have headed to France for their summer vacation. The King, his wife Mathilde, and their four children – Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore – posed for photographers yesterday to mark the beginning of their vacation in L’Ile d’Yeu, Vendee, an island just off western France. The family was photographed biking and … Continue reading

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Mathilde’s Fashion As She Becomes Queen

  July 22, 2013 at 4:07 am by

As all eyes where on Belgium’s new King and Queen yesterday, it must have been a difficult choice to choose the outfit that would be remembered. As it came to no surprise, the new Queen choose a designer she tends to go to for many official and unofficial events, Natan by Edouard Vermeulen. For the religious ceremony, King Philippe taking the oath, abdication ceremony of King Albert and National Day … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Albert II

  July 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm by

Ahead of his abdication tomorrow, let’s take a look at the life of King Albert II of the Belgians. Born on June 6th, 1934, Prince Albert was the youngest child of King Leopold III of the Belgians and Princess Astrid of Sweden. Upon his birth, which took place at the Stuyvenberg Castle, the same place his elder brother, Baudouin, was born, Albert was given the additional title, Prince of Liège. He … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Baudouin

  July 20, 2013 at 6:30 am by

Our penultimate profile in the lead up to tomorrow’s abdication in Belgium shines the spotlight on the current King’s elder brother, Baudouin. The second child and eldest son of King Leopold III of the Belgians and Princess Astrid of Sweden, Baudouin Albert Charles Léopold Axel Marie Gustave was born on September 7th, 1930 at Stuyvenberg Castle near Laeken. He had an elder sister, Princess Joséphine-Charlotte (born in 1927), and a … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Leopold III

  July 18, 2013 at 11:00 am by

Our fourth profile on the Monarchs of the Belgians will focus on the reign and life of King Leopold III of the Belgians. Leopold was born in Brussels on November 3rd, 1901, the eldest son of King Albert I and Elisabeth of Bavaria. Leopold had a younger brother, Charles, Count of Flanders, and a sister, Marie José of Belgium (later the last Queen of Italy). At the age of 14, … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Albert I

  July 16, 2013 at 3:04 am by

Continuing our series of profiles on the six Belgian monarchs, today we look at the third King, Albert I. Born on April 8th, 1875 in Brussels, Albert Léopold Clément Marie Meinrad was not expected to succeed the throne. He was the second son of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders – the third son of King Leopold I – and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Two unexpected deaths pushed Prince Albert up … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Leopold II

  July 14, 2013 at 12:36 am by

Our second Belgian Royal Profile will be on the second King of the Belgians, Leopold II, a far more controversial figure due to his regime and the widespread abuse in the Congo Free State. Leopold II was born in Brussels on the 9th of April 1835, the eldest son of Leopold I and Louise-Marie d’Orléans. In 1840, Leopold was created Duke of Brabant, which is now the traditional title of … Continue reading

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King Albert Hosts Reception for Prime Ministers

  July 11, 2013 at 6:22 am by

King Albert II yesterday hosted a reception at the Royal Palace of Laeken for the Prime Ministers who have served during his reign. Jean-Luc Dehaene, Guy Verhofstadt, Yves Leterme, Herman Van Rompuy and Elio Di Rupo joined the King, Queen Paola, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde for apéritifs in the palace’s rotunda before heading inside for a quick photo session and a lunch. As he arrived to the palace, Mr Leterme … Continue reading

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Belgian Abdication: Profile of Leopold I

  July 6, 2013 at 12:00 am by

Seeing as Belgium was in the news this week with the announcement by King Albert II of his abdication on July 21st, we thought that we would revisit the reigns of the six Belgian monarchs. We will start with the very first King of the Belgians, Leopold I, and work our way through the lives and reign of each of the five other monarchs over the next few weeks. Leopold … Continue reading

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54th Wedding Anniversary of Albert & Paola

  July 4, 2013 at 6:00 am by

July 2nd, 2013 King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium celebrated their fifty-fourth wedding anniversary on July 2nd. The then Prince Albert of Belgium met his Italian noble-born wife, Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria, at a reception in the Belgian Embassy at the Vatican in 1958. Less than a year later, the couple were married, initially they had wanted to marry at the Vatican but were persuaded to hold … Continue reading

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Belgium To Have A New Monarch

  July 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm by

Come July 21st, Belgium will have a new monarch – King Philippe. King Albert II, the current monarch, announced his pending abdication earlier this evening, Belgian time, in a live address to the nation. The King cited health issues and his age as reasons for his decision. “I am at an age never attained by predecessors. My age and health no longer allow me to carry out my duties as I … Continue reading

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