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Belgian Monarchs Show Support for Bus Tragedy Families

  March 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm by

Belgium’s King Albert II and Queen Paola were present yesterday at the Melsbroek Military Airport, where they were part of an official delegation which saw the departure of the parents of the students involved in the Swiss bus crash on Tuesday. The King and Queen were greeted upon their arrival by the Belgian Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo, and Defence Minister Pieter De Crem. The group then went inside the … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Commemorate Dead in Laeken

  February 16, 2012 at 9:39 am by

Earlier today in Laeken, the Belgian Royal Family were present at the annual mass commemorating the deceased members of the family. The mass took place at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk in Dutch, Eglise Notre-Dame in French). The entire royal family was present – King Albert II and Queen Paola, their children and their spouses, Queen Fabiola, who was accompanied by Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Princess Léa … Continue reading

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Guillaume attends Concert with Belgian Royals

  January 19, 2012 at 12:14 am by

The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg was in Belgium earlier this week, where he attended a concert at the Palais des Beaux-Arts. The concert on January 17th was a joint performance by the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. Soloists from both groups performed during the event, which was conducted by Emmanuel Krivine. Before the beginning of the concert, the royals spent some time with Mrs Viviane Reding, … Continue reading

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King Albert II: Freeze Royal Family Grants

  January 11, 2012 at 2:57 am by

In a statement released by the Belgian Royal Court on Monday, HM King Albert II has stated that he will accept a freeze on the royal family’s grants from the government for 2012 and 2013, as the nation tries to cope with the current economic climate in the European Union. “The 2012 budget on grants to members of the royal family should be frozen, and should therefore include any indexation … Continue reading

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Economic Mission to China, October 20-October 29

  November 3, 2011 at 2:09 am by

Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde went for the third time on economic mission to China between October 20 and October 29, following their economic missions in 2004 and 2007. The couple started their visit in Beijing, where Prince Philippe met with Vice Premier Wang Qishan (Pic) and Princess Mathilde visited the Beijing Dance Academy (Pic). On the second day, Mathilde visited the 6th Sense-Potter’s Wheel Academy in Beijing, the tennis … Continue reading

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Princess Elisabeth’s 10th Birthday

  October 25, 2011 at 12:05 am by

On May 07, 2001, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium officially announced the first pregnancy of Princess Mathilde (Image). Their first child, daughter Elisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène, was born on October 25, 2001 at 9:58pm at the Eramus Hospital in Anderlecht, Brussels. At birth, she weighed 2.9 kg (6.4 lb) and was 49.5 cm (19.5 in) long (Image). A week after she was born, Elisabeth left the hospital with … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid and Her Two Oldest Children in New York

  September 28, 2011 at 7:56 am by

Princess Astrid, as special representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, was in New York from September 18 until September 21. She attended several events together with her oldest children who live in New York. Prince Amedeo has been working for two years for Deloitte and Princess Maria Laura is currently doing a four-month internship at the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the United Nations in New York. On September … Continue reading

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The Royals and Ground Zero: 9/11 Ten Years On

  September 11, 2011 at 6:38 am by

It was the moment which caused the world to stand still – 08:46 local time, September 11th, 2001, New York City. The World Trade Centre’s North Tower is hit by an American Airlines flight from Boston, en route to Los Angeles. The words “hijacking”, “terrorism” and “9/11″ are from that moment forever imprinted in the minds of the world’s population. Less than twenty minutes later, it becomes clear that this … Continue reading

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First Speech for Princess Elisabeth

  September 9, 2011 at 3:04 am by

Princess Elisabeth (9) opened, together with her parents Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, the new children’s hospital ‘Princess Elisabeth’ in Gent on September 7. For this first official engagement of the Princess, 10 camera crews and more then 40 journalists showed up. The little Princess received flowers from a namesake, followed by a tour around the hospital. The big moment of the day for Elisabeth was her first speech saying, … Continue reading

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Back to School for the Belgian Youngsters

  September 2, 2011 at 8:25 am by

September 1st is traditionally the first day of school in Belgium. The children of Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, and also the youngest daughter of Princess Astrid, go to school at the ‘Sint Jan Berghmans College’ in Brussels. This is a Flemish Jesuit school, where all classes are given in Dutch (except the language courses). The Brabant’s oldest childern, Princess Elisabeth (5th grade of elementary school), Prince Gabriel (3rd grade) … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family – July Events

  August 1, 2011 at 9:53 am by

A not so quiet July for the Belgian Royal Family; July 7th – Princess Mathilde visited the”Villa Rozerood” in De Panne, a holiday and care center for seriously ill children and their families. July 7th – King Albert attended the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the biscuit factory “Biscuiterie Jules Destrooper” in Lo. July 15th – Queen Paola attended the world premiere of the theatre play of Umberto Eco’s … Continue reading

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Belgian National Day – 21st July 2011

  August 1, 2011 at 6:50 am by

Belgium’s National Day is set on the 21st July, as that is when Leopold I of Belgium took the oath making him the first King of the Belgians in 1831. After Belgium asserted its independence from the Netherlands on 4 October 1830, the Belgian National Congress considered several candidates and eventually asked Leopold to become King of the newly-formed country. He was elected on 4 June and accepted and became “King … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde’s Outfits on US Tour

  July 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm by

Dresses, dresses and more dresses for Princess Mathilde of Belgium on her economic mission to the United States with husband, Prince Philippe. On the day 1 of the visit, Princess Mathilde was spotted in a dress which was half printed matched with orange accessories see here which actually really brightened and added to the outfit. On day 2, Princess Mathilde’s first outfit that looked like a skirt and top see … Continue reading

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Wedding of Countess Hélène d’Udekem d’Acoz & Baron Nicolas Janssen

  June 23, 2011 at 9:55 am by

Countess Hélène d’Udekem d’Acoz married Baron Nicolas Janssen on May 31, 2011 (civil) and on June 11, 2011 (religious). Among those present from the bride’s side, were the mother of the bride, Countess Anna d’Udekem d’Acoz, née Countess Maria Komorowska, the sisters and brother of the bride, Princess Mathilde of  Belgium, née Countess d’Udekem d’Acoz, with her husband Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, and their children, Princesses Elisabeth and Eléonore, and Princes Gabriel … Continue reading

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Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde attended the opening session of the ‘Erasmian European Youth Parliament’

  March 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm by

On Monday March 14, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde were present in Antwerp at the opening session of the “Erasmian European Youth Parliament”. During a week, more than 150 youngsters aged 16 to 18 years from fifteen European countries will debate with politicians and executives about the participation of youth in different aspects of life. The main theme this year “Youth participation in various areas.” At the end of the … Continue reading

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Princess Margriet, Princess Laurentien and Princess Astrid Attend Award Ceremony

  February 10, 2011 at 5:14 am by

On Tuesday February 08, Princess Margriet, Princess Laurentien and Princess Astrid were at the Royal Flemish Theatre in Brussels to attend the ECF Routes Princess Margriet Award. This award from the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), in collaboration with the Ministries of Education, Culture and Science and Foreign Affairs, was this year awarded to the artists Sejla Kameric and Kutluğ Ataman. Both laureates are artists and filmmakers, and they have been … Continue reading

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Princess Louise attended the Cirkus School

  January 11, 2011 at 8:52 am by

During the Christmas holidays, Princess Louise (6), the first child of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire, went to the Leuven Cirkus School in Beweging. On January 7, she performed in the presence of mom, dad and her brothers, the five year old twins Nicolas and Aymeric. “It was very nice to see that Louise so lively,” said Prince Laurent. “She did well too.” Louise attended the lessons mainly to improve … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mathilde attends International Forum in Egypt

  December 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm by

From 10 to 12 December, Princess Mathilde participated in an international forum with the theme “End Trafficking Now” in Luxor, Egypt. The Forum brought together more than 500 representatives from governments, United Nations entities, non-governmental and international organisations, the business community and civil society. It was conducted in coordination with the Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement (SMWIPM) and the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). During the … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mathilde attended the “Day of the defence”

  December 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm by

On Saturday morning December 04, Princess Mathilde was present in Peutie at the National Family Info (NIFD) who is organized by the Department of Defense. Defence Minister Pieter De Crem and Chief of Staff General Charles-Henri Delcour welcomed the Princess on the basis of Peutie in Vilvoorde. Princess Mathilde talked a few hours to the families of a thousand Belgian soldiers currently on mission in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Congo. Around … Continue reading

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Royals Fashion Faceoff

  December 2, 2010 at 4:47 am by

It’s quite normal to see celebrities in the same outfit, especially on the red carpet, but is it normal to see royals in the same outfit/piece? Yes, especially if you share one designer like Belgian designer Natan, who is worn mostly by Crown Princess Mathilde, Crown Princess Maxima and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa – they have been seen in the same piece days after one royal has been seen in … Continue reading

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