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Old 08-23-2008, 03:21 PM
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CP Philipe has telephoned the athletes who saved Belgium's face in Bejing. Yesterday he called Kim Gevaert (silver in 4 x 100), and today Tia Hellebaut (gold in high jump, 2.05).

Kim's side of the conversation (in dutch): http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza.be/me...ympia/1.367184

Apparently they agreed to see each other soon.
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:51 AM
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Congratulations to Belgium. Will the CP/King receive the Olympic team at the palace or will they see each other privately?

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Princess Mathilde will be installed as the patron lady of the Archery guild (?) (schuttersgilde) of St. Sebastian. She will recieve it on September 18th.

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Old 08-24-2008, 08:28 AM
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I believe they will be received formally at the Palace (it's sort of tradition, if I'm not mistaken), but as to when and who will be there, I have no idea. This will probably happen soon after they have returned. It would only be right to honour them like that, after all, Belgium didn't lose face completely now.
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I believe they will be received formally at the Palace (it's sort of tradition, if I'm not mistaken), but as to when and who will be there, I have no idea. This will probably happen soon after they have returned. It would only be right to honour them like that, after all, Belgium didn't lose face completely now.
I agree, Albert better makes sure there´s a red carpet for these 5 women who successfully engaged in damage control.

I´m pretty sure they get a reception at Laeken, the relay girls already got one with Albert when they finished with a bronze medal at the World Championship last year. And Kim Gevaert will get a farewell ceremony during the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels (Sep 5th) and this athletics event is usually attended by Philippe too. So I don´t think they will see each other privately, Marengo - even if they had a sweet phone call.
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Princess Mathilde will be installed as the patron lady of the Archery guild (?) (schuttersgilde) of St. Sebastian. She will recieve it on September 18th.

Source: De Standaard
Apparently she got this honour more or less thanks to her hubby. According to a newspaper article Philippe was so enthusiast during his last visit to the St. Sebaastiansgild (along with Prince Philip in 2006) that he promised to ask an important person to pay a visit too. The guild’s chairman then replied he doesn´t have to look far and asked him to send his wife Mathilde. Et voila, that´s how she got the honorary membership in this illustrious and more than 600 year old gild. Medieval tradition obliges somehow. The guild is a posh males only club (exception: honorary memberships for female royals) but on the occasion of Mathilde´s visit the member’s wives are allowed to show up too. Alas, there will be no archery – due to security reasons. Not sure if they are concerned about Mathilde´s security or rather about their own security once Mathilde gets her hand on the arch. It seems King Baudouin was the last royal who did some shooting. He was an honorary member of the guild too, just like King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola and Prince Philippe.

The St. Sebastian Guild is also prominently linked to the British Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Prince Andrew are amongst the honorary members too and most British monarchs during the last centuries have been. It all started with King Charles II. who spent some time in exile in Bruges (1656) and was appointed as patron of the St. Sebastian Guild. IIRC the Queen even honours the Guild by granting audiences so now and then.
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:19 PM
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Since in Belgium holidays are almost over and school is starting again for the kids, the royals also start there activities again

Planned Activities for Filip and Mathilde

09/09/2008: Filip and Mathilde will visit "studio 100" (studio100)

11/09/2008: Mathilde will visit VZW BEBE ACCUEIL and VZW SOS Enfants

16/09/2008: Mathilde will visit the project “Binnenste Buiten" in Antwerp
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Do you know if the Belgian royal children will be escorted by their parents to school, and if so on which date? Feel free to start a new thread about it in the main forum, I think the interest in it should be big enough.
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Yes indeed, last year the kids returned to school on september 3rd. It would surely be nice to see them all!

It's also good to hear that Mathilde will be back to work next month, I surely missed her out and about!
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School starts on 1 September this year. It's tradition that they are escorted, so we'll probably be able to find some cute pics Monday.

Looking forward to it!!
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Great, I started this thread about it, so post all the pictures/ questions/ other remarks & information about it here.
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:10 PM
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Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium congratulate olympic gold medalist athlete Tia Hellebaut next to Memorial organiser Wilfried Meert (R), Friday 5 September 2008, at the Athletics Golden League meeting, Memorial Van Damme, in Brussels. BELGA PHOTO LALMAND-LEFOUR-JANSENS

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Great photos! I love Mathilde's smile in the third photo.
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An article in Dutch and some pictures about CP Filip and CPss Mathilde attending the farewell of Kim Geveart, look here.
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Hello,
Somebody can he(it) say to me how I can get myself Paris Match (Belgium) with Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde on the cover. I remrcie you
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Belgium's Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde during their visit at the Studio 100 television production house in Schelle, Tuesday 09 September 2008.
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She looks beautiful today, as always!!!!!!
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