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King Philippe Marks VE Day 70th Anniversary

  May 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm by

The King of the Belgians today was present at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day). King Philippe laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which sits at base of the Congress Column in Brussels. View image | gettyimages.com V-E Day was the day the Allied Forces officially accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany’s armed forces in 1945. It marked the … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Visits the Exhibition Work/Travail/Arbeid

  May 8, 2015 at 1:47 pm by

Belgium’s Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the exhibition Work/Travail/Arbeid by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in collaboration with Rosas which is being held at the contemporary art center Wiels in Brussels. Queen Mathilde, who wore a floral print dress matched with white pumps, toured the exhibition and watched a dance performance. Queen Mathilde also met with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, the choreographer. The exhibition is based on a show by … Continue reading

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Princess Elisabeth Baptises a Patrol Boat

  May 7, 2015 at 4:14 am by

Yesterday, Wednesday May 6, Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant baptised the patrol vessel P902 Pollux. At the ceremony, held at the Naval Base of Zeebrugge, were present King Philippe and Queen Mathilde. The patrol vessel P902 Pollux is the second new patrol ship in use to the Belgian Navy, the first one patrol vessel 901 Castor was baptized last July by Queen Mathilde. View image | gettyimages.com “I baptize you … Continue reading

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Prince Laurent and Princess Claire Attend The Defil’Eco Show

  April 30, 2015 at 2:30 am by

On Wednesday evening, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended a fashion show in in Liege. The Defil’Eco Show was showcasing second hand clothes and accessories. Upon arrival, Princess Claire was given a bouquet of flowers from a 9 year old girl. The couple posed for pictures and greeted some of the guests before taking their seats. Upcoming designers and known designers showcased their collection. The show has taken place for … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde: Visit to the EU Institutions

  April 21, 2015 at 5:44 pm by

Today King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and the Eurocorps in Strasbourg, France. They were accompanied by the Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. At their arrival, the King and the Queen were received by Anne Brasseur, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. … Continue reading

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Laurent, Claire and Children Visit Anne Frank Exhibition

  April 20, 2015 at 7:25 pm by

This afternoon, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire took their three children to see the Anne Frank exhibition that is currently being held at the Abbey of Stavelot. A small robot greeted the royal guests when they arrived, before they spent about two hours touring the exhibition called ‘La maison d’Anne Frank’ that has been designed to “encourage thinking about the events leading up to the Holocaust and how the challenges … Continue reading

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King Albert Presents Prince Albert Fund 2015 Diplomas

  April 2, 2015 at 6:22 pm by

King Albert today presented the Prince Albert Fund diplomas for 2015 in a ceremony at the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium offices in Brussels. He was accompanied by his daughter, Princess Astrid. The Fund, which this year celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, provides scholarships to young professionals so they can work on a project for a Belgian company abroad. Over 360 individuals have received scholarships sine 1984. During the event, a … Continue reading

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The ECF Princess Margriet Awards 2015

  April 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm by

Yesterday, Tuesday March 31, Princess Margriet and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, along with Princess Astrid of Belgium and her daughter-in-law Princess Elisabetta, attended the ECF Princess Margriet Awards 2015 at the Bozar Center for Fine Arts in Brussels. The laureates of the 7th edition of the awards were the Athens Biennale from Greece and the Visual Culture Research Center from Ukraine. The Athens Biennale is a contemporary art exhibition … Continue reading

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Queen Paola Visits Prize Winners in Namur

  March 25, 2015 at 7:29 pm by

Queen Paola visited the Namur Technical Institute (ITN) in Namur today. Here she met with the winners of the Prix Terre d’Avenir. The Queen toured the institute and viewed the creation that earned the institute the prize, a gateway which allows people with reduced mobility to access trains on the SNBC (Belgian National Rail), before meeting with students who helped design it. She was accompanied by Belgian polar explorer Alain Hubert and … Continue reading

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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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