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Old 06-12-2005, 07:25 AM
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The first one is such a lovely picture of Elisabeth:)

She is the most cute little princess I have ever seen!

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Old 06-12-2005, 05:55 PM
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Not really news, but I've noticed similarities between CP Mathilde and the late Queen Mother. Both George VI and CP Philippe were very shy, seemed too ill at ease in public to be king. Their repective spouses managed use their glamour and charisma managed give them confidence and made them seem more at ease in public.
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Old 06-13-2005, 07:32 AM
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I was just wondering:

Isn't Mathilde joining Filip just because she's pregnant, or could it also be because of Princess Masako? I know the Japanese crownprinces are good friends of Philippe and Mathilde, so maybe they don't want to depress her more because Mathilde is pregnant?
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Old 06-13-2005, 12:32 PM
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Yes maybe, i don't know, but is could be true
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Old 06-13-2005, 07:49 PM
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I was just wondering:

Isn't Mathilde joining Filip just because she's pregnant, or could it also be because of Princess Masako? I know the Japanese crownprinces are good friends of Philippe and Mathilde, so maybe they don't want to depress her more because Mathilde is pregnant?
I guess it's a possible, but Máxima, Letizia, and Mary have all recently visited Japan and they were all pregnant, although I can't quite remember now if Frederik and Mary went before the pregnancy was announced - (did Haakon and Mette-Marit visit too or am I confusing that with the Japanese state visit to Norway?). Not sure though, if the other crown princely couples are just as good friends with Naruhito and Masako as Philippe and Mathilde are, or if they even met Masako.
Maybe it could also be because there just wasn't that much for Mathilde to do on her own - places/institutions (right word to use?) to visit that are more her area - (okay I guess there's always something she could visit). Or as Hannelore sort of suggested maybe Mathilde just wants to stay home with Elisabeth and Gabriel. Well I don't know why she isn't there - your guess is as good as mine. :)
Speaking of Japan, has anyone seen any pictures of Philippe in Japan? I've been looking on some of the photo agancies, but haven't been able to find any. Of course it could just be too early to have pictures from his trip. Hopefully there'll be some pictures soon. :)
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Old 06-13-2005, 08:40 PM
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I guess it's a possible, but Máxima, Letizia, and Mary have all recently visited Japan and they were all pregnant, although I can't quite remember now if Frederik and Mary went before the pregnancy was announced - (did Haakon and Mette-Marit visit too or am I confusing that with the Japanese state visit to Norway?).
I believe that when Mary went to Japan her pregnancy had not been announced, though there was some speculation at the time.

Maxima was very pregnant when she visted Japan recently and Letizia's pregnancy had been announced prior to her visit to Japan.

Mette-Marit did not accompany Haakon when he visited Japan, and her pregancy had not been announced yet. But when the Emperor and Emperess recently paid a visit to Norway, Mette-Marit's pregnancy had been announced.

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Not sure though, if the other crown princely couples are just as good friends with Naruhito and Masako as Philippe and Mathilde are, or if they even met Masako.
I don't know the answer to this; my reply is purely speculation: I think Willem and Maxima and Haakon and Mette-Marit do not have the special relationship that Phillippe and Mathilde do with Naruhito and Masako. Both couples had their first children, both daughters close together, and I think Phillippe and Mathilde have paid several visits to Japan now -- more than Willem and Maxima and Haakon and Mette-Marit. I think Mary and Letizia's recent visits to Japan were the second and third time respectively either had encountered Naruhito -- at each of their weddings were the previous occasions.

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I was just wondering:

Isn't Mathilde joining Filip just because she's pregnant, or could it also be because of Princess Masako? I know the Japanese crownprinces are good friends of Philippe and Mathilde, so maybe they don't want to depress her more because Mathilde is pregnant?
I value the sensitivity in this idea, and that Phillippe and Mathilde and the Belgian court would be as sensitive to the feelings of Masako in not "rubbing it in" to Masako that Mathilde is pregnant for the third time. But I think that if the two couples, especially the two women, are good friends, with such an opportunity in both their busy schedules to visit their friends, Mathilde might want to go and spend time with her friend. And that Masako, despite whatever frustration and sadness she might have in not being able to get pregnant again, would in the least be happy for her friend Mathilde. True friends want the best for their friends, even if it sometimes hurts them.
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Old 06-14-2005, 05:18 AM
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Old 06-14-2005, 11:57 AM
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Belgian Crown Prince Philippe, Prince Hitachi and Princess Hitachi attend a celemony during the Belgian National Day at the 2005 World Exposition on June 14, 2005 in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Crown Prince Philippe is on a seven day trip to Japan
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Old 06-14-2005, 03:30 PM
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Belgian Crown Prince Philippe arrives at the Belgian Pavillion during the Belgian National Day at the 2005 World Exposition on June 14, 2005 in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
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Old 06-14-2005, 05:18 PM
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More pictures of Philippe in Japan.
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Old 06-14-2005, 05:20 PM
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Thank you so much for the pictures. I laughed when I first saw them because Phillippe looks like a giant next to his royal hosts!
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Old 06-14-2005, 05:29 PM
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A few more pictures of Philippe in Japan.

Yeah, Emily I laughed too when I saw Philippe standing next to the royal hosts :).
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Old 06-14-2005, 05:39 PM
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:08 AM
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It is so facinating to see European royals next to the Japanese royal family! As we saw when the Emperor and Emperess visited Norway. The height difference is so visible! And on these photos in this tread, Phillipe seems like a gigant next to the Japanese people guiding him around! Same with the Spanish "Crown Princely" couple when they visited the Expo.
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Pic 1-2:Belgian Crown Prince Philippe attends the Antwerp Business Seminar in Nagoya on June 15, 2005 in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Crown Prince Philippe is on a 7 day trip to Japan.

Pic 3-6:Belgian Crown Prince Philippe attends a Welcome Reception by the town of Nagakute in which the 2005 Aichi Expo will take place at a hotel in Nagoya on June 15, 2005 in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
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Old 06-15-2005, 05:43 PM
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June 15th 2005.
Philippe pays a visit to Toyota.
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Philippe getting a bit of exercise.
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Old 06-15-2005, 09:32 PM
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October 29th 2001.

It's shortly after Elisabeth was born, but I'm not quite sure if it's the day Philippe gave notice of her birth - just thought the pictures were nice.
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