This is where computer technology is so fascinating -- to think we can watch a parade in Belgium on their nightly news cast from across the ocean! That was very interesting and, as always, Mathilde was elegant and lovely!
Thanks Catherine! I was actually thinking of taking husband & kids to Brugge for this procession, but things got in the way, a pity I might have had the opportunity to see Mathilde, but the weather wasn't really great either - though it didn't rain.
Apart from the beautiful historic figures we also get a good view of Mathilde's gorgeous legs :):)
Yes, you are right, it is the same, but it appears to be slightly altered from that day. The collar ornamentation is missing and the coat appears to be more tailored for a non-pregnancy look. It is a very beautiful color on her, though, so I am glad she is reusing it.
Some more pics (belga) of Mathilde & Filip, and the procession. In this procession century old treasures are carried through the city, in the last pic you can see a bishop carrying the relyc believed to contain a cloth with a few drops of Jesus' blood on it. Quite improbable of course, but what makes it spectacular is that this little treasure has been in Bruges for more than 900 years and is carried through the streets each year, a great tradition.
Thank you for even more pictures, Hannelore. As someone who enjoys medieval history, I find the "costumes"- if that is what you call them - particularly interesting. May I ask if you know what the folks in the black/red tunics with the red crosses on them, represent?
I first thought it were the knights of the order of Malta, also known as the knights of the holy grave, but they wear a black tunic with an 8-pointed white cross on it, so it can't be. It could be any kind of knighthood or guild - no idea.
If you're intrested here's some info in English, with more photos from previous years, on the holy blood procession: