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It was for the Opening of the Exhibitions EUROPALIA INDIA from now until the end of January 2014
Yes it will be jointly inaugurated by The President of India and the King of Belgium.

Moreover, this is a sort of returning the State Visit to India made by King Albert and Queen Paola last year.

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The King pronounced his first Speech since he is King and it is in English. He said ea.. he visited India several times and that his Sister Princess Astrid will visit India soon for an economical Visit under His Presidency.
Thanks, maria-olivia. Can we have some video links.. I didnt get them yet..

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The King did his first public Speech and it was in English !
What a nice way out..neither Dutch and French. Thank us Indians
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Belgium King's recollections of Bengal yields Pranab excellent Belgium trip

Belgium King's recollections of Bengal yields Pranab excellent Belgium trip - Indian Express





Was this a State Visit or merely an Official Visit?
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:18 PM
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It is a State Visit as mentioned in The President's Facebook page.
The King and Queen of Belgium made a State visit to India last year. So a return visit is due. So now The President is visiting on the invitation of The King.
In India, Presidents conduct only ceremonial State Visits, just like constitutional monarchs of Europe. Business happens, but not that much. Some important events like Europalia India are scheduled to coincide. It is more of a symbolism of the highest level of ties between two nations.
Prime Minister's visits are 'mere' official visits but actually more power-packed, since lot of real business occurs at that time..
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Here's an extra gallery of the inauguration of Europalia India International Arts Festival at Bozar in Brussels, the galleries on the previous page of the thread will be updated as well.



** belga gallery **


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** pp: Mathilde et Philippe de Belgique : Exaltés par leur rendez-vous avec l'Inde **
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:37 PM
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thank you all for the information and pictures!
I love what Mathilde is wearing, solid colors suit her much better than print
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King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended an autumn concert and reception at the Royal Palace this evening, October 17, in collaboration with the Festival de Wallonie and the "Festival van Vlaanderen".



** belga gallery ** gettyimages gallery ** apa/picturedesk **


** zimbio gallery: Arrivals at the Autumn Concert in Brussels **
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Princess Esmeralda and Princess Lea attended an exhibition of photographs taken by King Leopold in Brussels today, November 5, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the 'Leopold III Fund for Exploration and Conservation of Nature' and the 30th anniversary of the death of King Leopold III.



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No show up from the High Royal Court or from Luxembourg .
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King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended the annual christmas concert at the Royal Palace in Brussels today, December 11.

I had hoped to see more members of the family.


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** dpp: Belgian royals attend Christmas concert 2013 **


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** zimbio gallery: Belgian Royals Celebrate Christmas at the Royal Palace **


** pp gallery: Mathilde et Claire de Belgique rivalisent d'élégance au concert de Noël **
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No King for the concert , Princess Claire was sitting on the King's Chair and Prince Laurent a small guest chair and did not enjoy the concert at all.
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No Queen Fabiola either judging from the photo's,was Princess Astrid present?
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No King for the concert , Princess Claire was sitting on the King's Chair and Prince Laurent a small guest chair and did not enjoy the concert at all.
He was on his way back from South Africa

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It is unusual to see such streamlined version of the Belgian Royal family. I guess we have to get used to it.
Prince Laurent's jacket appears to be too small for him.
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New Year's reception number 4! King Philippe and Queen Mathilde received the country's authorities today, January 29.


Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent were present as well.



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** belga gallery **


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** semana.es gallery: Matilde y Felipe de Bélgica, Primera Recepción del Año como reyes **


** pp gallery: Roi Philippe de Belgique : En famille pour son grand oral devant les autorités **



Here's the speech King Philippe has given:



** monarchie.be: Discours de Sa Majesté le Roi aux Autorités du pays - 2014 ** translation **
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Queen Paola and Queen Mathilde visited Child Focus in Brussels today, January 31, and attended a ceremony as Queen Mathilde succeeds as honorary President of Child Focus to Queen Paola. Child Focus is the foundation for missing and sexual exploited children.



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** apa/picturedesk gallery ** hln.be video: Mathilde volgt Paola op bij Child Focus **


** rtl.be video: Paola a cédé sa place de présidente d'honneur de Child Focus à Mathilde **
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No warm contact between the 2 Queens !
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:59 PM
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No warm contact between the 2 Queens !
Matilde is smiling at Paola in 2nd pic in Getty images. I think that's about all anyone would expect.

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I have to say that I'm still not used to Paola's haircut!
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Queen Mathilde is of course smiling to Queen Paola , she is a very kind Lady.
But no reaction from Queen Paola. it is not the first time ! (see video)
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