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Old 02-09-2006, 07:33 PM
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I thought Phillippe had helmet hair as well but I was mistaken
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I thought Phillippe had helmet hair as well but I was mistaken
He looks quite handsome in this picture... :o :p
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:16 PM
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He looks quite handsome in this picture... :o :p
I totally agree with you:) :) :)
Mathilde is soo lucky, but she's very beautiful so they are an striking match
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Old 02-10-2006, 12:42 PM
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Belgium's Royal Mums Take a Well-Deserved Break
1 FEBRUARY 2006

Belgium's Princess Claire has her hands full these days as she and her husband Prince Laurent put all their energies into looking after their new twins. The proud parents, who welcomed little princes Aymeric and Nicolas on December 13, got the chance to take a day off from their familial duties and catch up with old friends when they attended a reception at the Royal Palace on Tuesday.

And they weren't the only mum and dad enjoying some grown-up company, as Prince Philippe and his wife Mathilde were likewise in attendance for the glitzy bash. The crown princess, who was her usual elegant self in a tailored charcoal grey coat dress, seemed to be enjoying herself immensely, laughing heartily as she shared a joke with some of the guests.

She and her husband became parents for a third time in October last year when Prince Emmanuel was born in the Erasmus hospital in Anderlecht. Since then the family has been keeping a relatively low profile, though they did make sure to keep royal fans happy by releasing some charming photos of the tot.

Princess Claire, meanwhile, will barely have had a moment to herself in recent weeks. The elegant 32-year-old still managed to look radiant at Tuesday's event, however, in a belted tweed coat that showed she had already regained her figure. King Albert and Queen Paola were likewise in attendance for the event, which was staged as a slightly belated celebration of the new year.

Crown Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, who are likewise busy with familial responsibilities, arrive for the reception

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Belgian World cycling Champion Tom Boonen receives from Brussels Mayor Freddy Thielemans (L) and Belgium's Prince Philippe (R) the national trophy for sports merit, Friday 10 February 2006 at the Brussels' city hall

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We don't often see printed interview with the Belgian royals, in 2001 a good interview with prince Filip appeared in De Standaard and la Libre Belgique. This is the translation of the one in De Standaard. (20/05/2001)

THE MISSION OF A BRIDGEBUILDER

After two hours we're on the street again : two political journalists who've just had a thorough interview with prince Filip. The appearance we knew from television has suddenly got a contenance : a man with ideas. According to the prince Belgium has the responsability to succeed. Because it can serve as a model for other places in the world.

Boudewijn Vanpeteghem.

An interview with the king! As a suggestion it was more something of a joke. It was the end of March: we both had worked as a journalist with a newspaper at the other side of the languageborder, and we were looking for a suitable event to conclude our experience. Thanks to the prince Filip foundation - that wants to improve the contacts between the different cummunities in Belgium - I had been able to work two months for the Walloon newspaper La Libre Belgique. Olivier Mouton of La Libre spent two months at the redaction team of (Flemish paper,hc) De Standaard.

We knew that in our complicated but interesting country the sun is more likely to shine 365 days, than to get the chance to interview the king. But an interview with prince Filip, maybe that would be possible. After all it was his foundation that enabled our exchange.

Nothing venture, nothing have, is what we thought. The request had something cheeky. We imagined the palace to be a secretive world of big discretion. But gradually we noticed that's it's a world with a big desire for more openness. A world that works determined, but step by step, and thinks about things on the long term.

It lasted a while before the answer came. We were delighted. A preparation talk with two collaborators of the prince followed. Because an interview with prince Filip isn't something you can do hastily between two other tasks.

The talked reveiled that the prince surrounds himself with intelligent and thriven advisors. They immediately explained that a real interview, as we're use to perform, would not be possible. The use of a tape recorder and the presence of a photographer were out of the question. And to publish the interview in questions and answers wasn't possible either.

It was a deception. Luckily they didn't oppose to an article where the prince was quoted. And to be honest, you can't refuse this offer just because you have to go about it in a different manner. Later we gave some points we wuld like to focus on : the prince Filip foundation, Belgium, Brussels, Europe, languages, foreign trade.

The interview with the prince took place on Wednesday, at the royal palace in Brussels. The "audience" would last about 45 minutes. We had a lot of questions for the prince. But it would appear he had a lot for us as well...
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Old 02-12-2006, 09:26 AM
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... At the entrance of the palace we have to pass a post of the federal police. At the inner court two gentlemen are waiting for us. One in livery and white gloves, the other in an army uniform and a thin moustache. They welcome us in Dutch and French.

Downstairs in the big staircase, we have to wait a bit. On a table there are richly illustrated art books. On the palace, Brussels in stamps, the forest of Soignies, the Flemish parliament, Magritte. There's also a collection of the magazine National Geographic. To our own surprise we suddenly notice that we have changed speaking for whispering.

We don't have to wait very long. The prince comes towards us and together we walk through the stately corridors to his office. We congratulate Monseigneur on the fact that he will become a father for the first time and ask how princess Mathilde is doing. "She's fine, but a bit tired, thank you" he replies. The man in livery and white gloves pours the coffee.

The interview starts with the prince Filip foundation. The start is a bit hesitant. Well, it is something new, both for him as for us. But the atmosphere quicly becomes friendly. The prince tells us that he has an obsession about the image of our country ever since his youth. He refers to his uncle, late king Boudewijn. The prince considers it his responsability and his duty to help improve the image of Belgium and to build bridges between the communities. Other intersts of him concern young people. Between schools and colleges there exist projects that cross the language border. There is though of doing the same for universities. Because it is remarkable that such a thing exists in European level (the Erasmus program) and not in our own country.

The interview is now in Dutch, then in French, constantly changing. The prince masters the two languages effortless. Woudn't it be frustrating to have to hear or read that your Dutch isn't good enough? I ask him the question. The prince doesn't mention frustration. He says it's injust, and that the same goes for his wife. "This isn't a French house. Both languages are used here. As a child I spoke French at home, you have to start somewhere. But I feel just as much at home in Dutch. And princess Mathilde thinks exactly the same way." Prince Filip makes it clear that the language question is used as a weapon by people who don't love Belgium. In the palace there are more Dutch speaking people than francophones. it's a rule that each collaborator is talked to in his own language. "Languages fascinate me", the prince adds. He's constantly working on his German, Italian and Spanish. "And English, of course"

"A language is a way of looking at the world. If you can joke in a language, then you really master it. You learn about the sensitivities of people through their language." ...
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Old 02-12-2006, 10:14 AM
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... The prince emphasizes that humor can solve many problems. He really starts getting in the subject and indicates that Belgium, with its different languages and cultures, offers an excellent platform for a leap to Europe, and from there to the rest of the world.

There are no more new continents to be discovered. There are more and more people on this planet. It can increase the tensions. Hence the importance of more and better communications, of language skills.I suddenly notice that the prince uses the Dutch word 'botsingen' in a French explanation. It's another indication of him being multilingual : bi- and multilingual people sometimes use a word of another language in their talk when they think that word expresses something quicker or more effectively.

According to prince Filip history has given us a chance we have to grasp with both hands. The Belgian model can help to solve problems in other countries. It might be useful for Israel, Russia, the Balcan and perhaps for the expansion of the EU. "Belgium has the responsability to do well."

The prince thinks we're certainly not doing too bad in our prosperous country, but emphasizes that there's still a lot of work in the laboratory that Belgium is. Day after day he says that there have to be talks about multiculturalism. And that it's lethal to exclude yourself from the rest of the world.

The prince has already seen quite a lot from the rest of the world, amongst others presiding Belgian trade missions. His advisors interrupts us when we start discussing foreign trade. It's of course a difficult question now that politicians are debating the Lambermontagreements. The agreements put the base of the foreign trade in charge of the regions.

But the prince wants to answer. For him what it comes down to is to improve his country's image and to make sure that our companies gets good contracts. How this is exactly established comes in second place.

He emphasizes that these economic missions now also have the goal to improve the image of our country. He refers to his travels to the USA, Thailand and Hongkong. "We scored good points and have put different pascets of Belgium on the foreground : lifestyle, fashion, diamonds, concerts, exhibitions...Belgium is a country of quality and qualityproducts, where it's good to live". And this was possible, because the regions collaborated.

To build bridges, to be constructif : it appears more than once in the inetrview. There's also being worked on a bridge between enterprise and diplomacy. It brings us to the EU and the upcoming EU-chairmanship of Belgium, with the political Declaration of Laken on the top of December.

There will also be a Declaration of Laken of youngsters from the whole of Europe. prince Filip and his foundation are a thriving force in this. 100 Belgian youngsters between 17 and 25 were brought together in 4 groups to think about Europe and its future. The prince personally collaborated at this project. Also ex prime minister Jean-Luc Dehaene, ex European commissary Karel Van Miert, minister of foreign affairs Louis Michel and European commissary Philippe Busquin helped to shape this initiative. On the conclusions of the youngsters will be debated by other youngsters in 14 other member states. At the end of the year there will be a mutual document that the young ones will hand over to the European leaders.

The prince dreams of a role for his city, Brussels, and his country, Belgium, within the European construction. Brussels has to surmount its status of European administrative center. it has to become a European meeting place of culture and intellect. A place where people from all over Europe came to talk about tolerance. We're already doing this in Belgium, as a country with different cultures this is our daily reality.

The prince has a very strong belief in Europe. He sees the European union as a trampoline for mondialisement. A tolerant, multicultural union, that isn't after becoming a hegemony.

"But I've done enough of talking." The prince poors the coffee himself and fires questions at us. How have we lived our exchange experience, for example? We thoroughly explain him it's been an extraordinary experience for us.

The interview has come to an end. the prince accompanies us to the door ofhis office and friendly says goodbye. His advisor escorts us out of the palace.

"Still 45 minutes as foreseen", I say to Olivier when we walk out. "two hours you mean." He shows me the time. It's already one o'clock. my wristwatch stopped. Time flies when you're talking to the future king of the Belgians.
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Hannelore - a wonderful translation that has given me more insight into this man. I continue to be impressed! Thank you for all your work.
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You can translate little into French, the text posted today. I thank you.

Furthermore can you indicate me how posting images on the Forum.

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Thank you very much for taking the time to translate this interview Hannelore.:) It was a very nice read.
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Thanks for the translation work, it is indeed a good interview. I think he should do one like this again, so that we know what he is like, in stead of gossips and rumours
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Belgium Prince Philippe, accompanied by Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt (C) and Henri Simons of the Asbl/Vzw Atomium (R), attend the inauguration of the renovated atomium, 14 February 2006 in Brussels. The Atomium monument was built for the universal exhibition of 1958 in Brussels. The renovation, wich took 20 months, costed some 27,5 million Euros.
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Prince Philippe attends the inauguration of the renovated atomium, Tuesday 14 February 2006 in Brussels. The Atomium monument was built for the universal exhibition of 1958 in Brussels. The renovation, wich took 20 months, costed some 27,5 million Euros.
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I totally agree with you:) :) :)
Mathilde is soo lucky, but she's very beautiful so they are an striking match
It's funny about Philippe. His handsomeness doesn't leap right out at you like Felipe's or Haakon's, but the more you look at him, the better-looking he gets. He's quite dashing and distinguished, and his eyes are beautiful. Consider me impressed!
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It's funny about Philippe. His handsomeness doesn't leap right out at you like Felipe's or Haakon's, but the more you look at him, the better-looking he gets. He's quite dashing and distinguished, and his eyes are beautiful. Consider me impressed!
I would like to see him in better fitting suits.
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Yes Felipe or Haakon are naturally good looking man, always the same in a way. And Philippe does look sometimes a bit tired or a shot from a bad angle. But other times his glance is very piercing. And it's especially lovely when he looks at Mathilde. It's funny to see some joy in his eyes.
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Phillippe: This is sooo cool can't wait to come with Mathilde and the kids, Gabriel's gonna love it here

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