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Old 03-30-2014, 04:37 PM
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This evening there is a prive dinner with the King and Queen in Laeken palace, also home of philippe and Mathilde.

It started with a walk through the park that looks wonderful with the first signs of spring:


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** belga gallery **


And here are some more extra pics of the visit to the Chinese pandas of the animal park Pairi Daiza this afternoon:



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


** nieuwsblad.be gallery: Xi Jinping opent pandapaviljoen in Pairi Daiza **


** lavenir.net gallery: Le président chinois chez les pandas géants de Pairi Daiza **
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The park looks wonderful indeed. I love the scenery we get during spring. I take it that the woman in black and purple is the Chinese First Lady - she looks quite elegant. I like Mathilde's outfit too, although I have mixed reviews about the shawl and shoes.
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:34 PM
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The blue and magenta outfits are amazing, I didn't like the stripped one much (if I'm not mistaken she's worn it before in one of the Joyeuse Entrées?) but all in all, Mathilde looks great.
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The park looks wonderful indeed. I love the scenery we get during spring. I take it that the woman in black and purple is the Chinese First Lady - she looks quite elegant. I like Mathilde's outfit too, although I have mixed reviews about the shawl and shoes.


I guess I put myself into danger posting something "off topic" while posting comments about dresses are not ( I personally think it is not off topic as this being a political and economic visit in the first place, not about the fashion industry), I still have to say I have no mixed reviews about clothes rather about how despots are courted here in europe when economic advantages for the west are appearing at the horizon...
If I were part of a royal couple I guess I´d keep my mouth shut, smile and play the game, too. But as a private citizen living in a free (minded), democratic society I feel highly uncomfortable looking at these jolly pictures in the zoo....
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I am looking forward Queen Mathilde's tiara !
I think there's quite a few of us in that camp,its been a long Belgian tiara drought!
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Today, March 31, Queen Mathilde and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, made a visit to the 'Musical Instrument Museum" in Brussels.




** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** belga gallery ** facetoface ** apa/picturedesk **


** hn.be gallery: Vrouw van Chinese president en koningin Mathilde samen op stap **



China's President Xi Jinping visited the EU Council in Brussels.
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Whatever we think about human rights in China (and I am sure the King and Queen have their own thoughts) it is thee economic superpower in the world today bar none. Phillipe and Mathilde therefore have to do what they can to ensure that Belgium establishes the best trade links it possibly can with that country. To have the Chinese president as their first visiting head of state since they came to the throne is a massive test, no question. I hope that everything goes well, especially the showpiece Royal Banquet tonight which is the main event.
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Whatever we think about human rights in China (and I am sure the King and Queen have their own thoughts) it is thee economic superpower in the world today bar none. Phillipe and Mathilde therefore have to do what they can to ensure that Belgium establishes the best trade links it possibly can with that country. To have the Chinese president as their first visiting head of state since they came to the throne is a massive test, no question. I hope that everything goes well, especially the showpiece Royal Banquet tonight which is the main event.

I agree. But a TV report about the denial of human rights in China last night, especially by this particular president and the mistreatment he puts upon fellow countrymen/-women who speak their mind, made me very sensible about this issue once more.
As I said before, being head of state of a democratic country I would also play the diplomatic game for the benefit of my country although my instincts would demand to stay away for sick leave...
Still I think the western countries are very hypocritical about human right issues: On the one hand they shower human right activists with awards, such as the nobel peace prize, to snub their respective leaders, but on the other hand we invite these leaders with all honours when it comes to trade businesses...
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4th in line to the British throne gets all sorts of flack from Amnesty International and the media for a weekend in Kazakstan - but there is no trade involved

King of the Belgians (by Government request) hosts visit for Chinese President - hopeful of trade, income and jobs

Has there been complaints in Belgium from the media or Amnesty?
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Mathilde appears to be wearing the base of the Nine Province Tiara with the blue dress she wore to Guillaume's pre-wedding dinner.
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I agree. But a TV report about the denial of human rights in China last night, especially by this particular president and the mistreatment he puts upon fellow countrymen/-women who speak their mind, made me very sensible about this issue once more.
As I said before, being head of state of a democratic country I would also play the diplomatic game for the benefit of my country although my instincts would demand to stay away for sick leave...
Still I think the western countries are very hypocritical about human right issues: On the one hand they shower human right activists with awards, such as the nobel peace prize, to snub their respective leaders, but on the other hand we invite these leaders with all honours when it comes to trade businesses...
You are so right. Very often principles are sold out for economic gain and a constitutional monarch as so very little say in such matters, if any. They are told to act in a way that benefits their country from the point of view of the elected government and that's that.
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ANP has two other photos:

https://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?page=2&pos=33
https://www.anpfoto.nl/search.pp?page=2&pos=34

I'm not sure if it's the Nine Province or the Diamond Bandeau, but I think it's the Nine Province.
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4th in line to the British throne gets all sorts of flack from Amnesty International and the media for a weekend in Kazakstan - but there is no trade involved

King of the Belgians (by Government request) hosts visit for Chinese President - hopeful of trade, income and jobs

Has there been complaints in Belgium from the media or Amnesty?


Yes, I´ve been watching a clip from belgian television and there were some people from Amnesty protesting with banners in Brussels.
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The Queen seems to look stunning. Pity the president doesn´t wear his Leopold Order; I guess he´s just wearing a miniature of it in a button hole?
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One more photogallery from the visit at the 'Musical Instrument Museum" in Brussels.

Cerca - Getty Images IT: BEL: Queen Mathilde of Belgium And China's First Lady Peng Liyuan Visit The MIM
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A lovely view of the Nine Provinces Tiara

Queen Mathilde Of Belgium Looks At Chinese First Lady Peng… News Photo | Getty Images | 481742885
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Mathilde looks fabulous in that shade of blue. She is naturally elegant. Not a big fan of that particular tiara. Oh, well .... can't have everything!
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