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Germany’s Angela Merkel Meets With Belgian & Luxembourg Leaders

  January 12, 2017 at 6:52 pm by

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has paid quick visits to Luxembourg and Belgium today, meeting with the leaders of both nations. First stopping in Luxembourg, Chancellor Merkel had an audience with Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa at the Grand Ducal Palace. King Philippe of the Belgians then had his own audience with the Chancellor when she made her way to Brussels; the Belgian Royal Court’s Twitter praising the … Continue reading

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Prince Laurent Takes Family To Visit Homeless Shelter

  January 5, 2017 at 2:46 pm by

Belgium’s Prince Laurent and his family visited a homeless shelter in Brussels today, which is run through an initiative of Le Foundation prince Laurent. The initiative is unique in that it allows the homeless staying at the shelter to bring their pet dogs with them. The Prince and his wife, Princess Claire, spoke with the individuals who run the shelter and the people taking up its services; while their children – Louise, Nicolas … Continue reading

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The Royal Year 2016: Top Ten Moments

  December 29, 2016 at 8:00 am by

2016 has come and gone in what seems to be the blink of an eye! Before we welcome 2017 this weekend, let’s take a quick look at our picks for the top 10 moments of the royal 2016… 10. Beatrice Borromeo steals the show at the 2016 Rose Ball The newest member of the Grimaldi-Casiraghi family, Beatrice Borromeo – wife of Pierre Casiraghi – was the stand-out at this year’s Bal de la … Continue reading

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Belgium’s Queen Paola Suffers Spinal Fracture

  December 28, 2016 at 11:37 am by

79-year-old Queen Paola of Belgium is currently receiving treatment at the Cliniques universitaires Saint Luc in Brussels after a heavy fall resulted in a spinal fracture. According the statement released by the Belgian Royal Court, there was no neurological damage as a result of the injury. The Queen’s rehabilitation will take several months. A spokesperson said the injury posed no danger to Queen Paola’s life. The Queen’s health has had some issues … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Attend Palace Christmas Concert

  December 21, 2016 at 7:02 pm by

Members of the Belgian Royal Family today attended the annual Christmas concert held at the Royal Palace in Brussels to mark the holiday season and thank the royal court staff for their work throughout the year. King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, the Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, Princess Eléonore, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz were all present for the concert, which saw performances by the La Monnaie Du Munt … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Visits the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen

  December 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm by

Today, Tuesday December 6, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen (Conservatoire Royal d’Anvers), School of Arts du Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool in Antwerpen. Upon her arrival the Queen was welcomed by Director General of the AP College Pascale De Groote, Cathy Berx, Governor of the Province of Antwerpen and Claude Marinower, Deputy Mayor for Education and Lawsuits of the City of Antwerpen. The Queen met … Continue reading

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Belgium State Visit to the Netherlands – Last Day

  November 30, 2016 at 5:42 pm by

The start of the third and last day of the state visit today, Wednesday November 30, was focused on technology for His Majesty King Philippe. King Philippe paid a visit at the headquarter of the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. The King visited the Holst Centre, a research institute that develops technologies and was founded in 2005 by two Belgian and Dutch research centres. During the visit the King attended a seminar … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to The Netherlands – Day Two

  November 29, 2016 at 8:16 pm by

The second day of the state visit started today, Tuesday November 29, with separate events for the Royal Couples. His Majesty King Philippe began the day with a visit at the headquarter of the ESA / ESTEC in Noordwijk. The ESA / ESTEC is the largest European Space Agency’s main technology development and test centre. Later the King had several institutional meetings: he was received by Mrs. Ankie Broekers-Knol, Chairman of … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to the Netherlands – Day One

  November 28, 2016 at 8:58 pm by

This morning, Monday November 28, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde began a three-day state visit to The Netherlands. Upon their arrival the Royal Couple was officially welcomed by Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima with a welcoming ceremony held in the Dam Square outside the Royal Palace. King Willem-Alxeander and King Philippe inspected the guard of honour. The Belgian Royal Couple also laid a wreath at the National Monument … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Attends Opening of Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp

  November 26, 2016 at 9:52 pm by

The Queen of the Belgians this evening attended opening concert of the new Queen Elisabeth Hall at the Queen Elisabeth Centre in Antwerp. Wearing a gold brocade dress and coat, Queen Mathilde was greeted by flower-bearing children and representatives from the Centre and the evening’s performers. The Royal Flemish Philharmonic, who will be calling the new Hall – named after Queen Elisabeth of Belgium – home, and Hooverphonic performed the opening concert. … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Visits A Japanese Print Exhibition

  November 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm by

Today, Thursday November 17, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the exhibition “Ukiyo-e. The most beautiful Japanese prints” held at the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels. The exhibition was organizied to mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belgium and Japan. Exposition #ukiyoe au @CinquantenaireM à #Bruxelles: les plus belles estampes japonaises des 18e-20e siècles #ExpoUkiyoe jusqu'au 12/02/2017 pic.twitter.com/PNvpNWaiVw — Belgian Royal Palace (@MonarchieBe) November 17, 2016 In the … Continue reading

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King Philippe Visits Belgian Troops In Jordan Alongside King Abdullah

  November 16, 2016 at 12:57 pm by

His Majesty King Philippe paid a surprise visit to the Belgian troops in Jordan yesterday. The King, who arrived in Jordan on Monday evening, was welcomed by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan in his private residence where, after a meeting, took place a private dinner. Yesterday, Tuesday November 15, the King, accompanied by King Abdullah, visited the Muwaffaq Salti Air Base situated in Azraq, a town in central-eastern … Continue reading

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Save The Date, Two Upcoming State Visits Not To Miss This November

  November 16, 2016 at 12:43 pm by

Two state visits this November is taking place so save the date. Starting November 23, Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah will visit Australia and New Zealand. The visit starts with their Majesties visiting Australia. Duration of the visit was not given at this time. For more on the state visit to Australia and New Zealand, visit the State visit to Australia, official visit to New Zealand: … Continue reading

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The King’s Feast Celebrated In Belgium

  November 15, 2016 at 12:49 pm by

The annual Fête du Roi celebrations were held in Belgium today, with members of the royal family attending a Te Deum service at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels. King Albert, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Prince Laurent all attended the service, before greeting well-wishers outside the cathedral. It was then over to the parliament building where they listened to speeches from senior politicians. As per tradition, … Continue reading

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King Philippe Pays Tribute To Fallen Soldiers

  November 11, 2016 at 1:05 pm by

On November 11, King Philippe of the Belgians attended the annual service at the Congress Column on Place du Congrès to mark Armistice Day and honour the Belgian victims of the First and Second World Wars, and military operations abroad since. The King laid a wreath of flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which lies at the base of the Congress Column, as did members of the Belgian government, … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit West Flanders

  November 9, 2016 at 1:23 pm by

Today, Wednesday November 9, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Province of West Flanders. The visit began quite early, at 7am, when the Royal Couple visited the fish auction market of Zeebrugge where they met with the families of the fishermen and inside the market they assisted at some auctions. Afterwards the King and Queen had breakfast with students of the Koninklijk Werk IBIS … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Receive The Country’s Rio 2016 Athletes

  October 26, 2016 at 10:51 am by

Today, Wednesday October 26, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde along with Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid, held a reception at the Royal Palace of Laeken for the athletes of the Olympic and Paralympic Teams that competed and won a medal during the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Belgian athletes won 6 Olympic and 11 Paralympic medals in Rio. The Royal Couple and Princess Astrid posed with the … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde In Jordan

  October 25, 2016 at 11:59 am by

In her capacity as UN Councillor for Sustainable Development, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde started, on Sunday October 23, a humanitarian working visit to Jordan accompanied by Alexander De Croo, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation of Belgium. Upon her arrival in Amman, the Queen was received by the Jordan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Judeh along with Minister De Croo and Hendrik Van de Velde, Belgian Ambassador to … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Enjoy An Autumn Concert

  October 19, 2016 at 10:30 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians attended the annual Autumn Concert which was held at the Royal Palace in Brussels this evening. Joining the couple were Princess Astrid and her husband Prince Lorenz. This year’s theme was a tribute to the commitment of young volunteers for a better society in a wide range of areas like education, human rights, culture and sports. Embed from Getty Images

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Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Belgian Royal Couple Open the Frankfurt Book Fair

  October 18, 2016 at 2:24 pm by

There was a joint event today, Tuesday October 18, for the Dutch and Belgian royals. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander along with Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended the opening ceremony of the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. At this year’s fair, the Netherlands and the Flanders are guests of honor and King Willem-Alexander with King Philippe and Queen Mathilde officially opened the pavillion dedicated to the countries. In … Continue reading

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