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Old 08-19-2003, 12:17 PM
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Crown Prince Philippe To Marry Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz

In 1999 crownprince Philippe of Belgium (39) got engaged to jonkvrouw Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz, a 26-year old Belgian aristocrat, who untill her marriage worked as a speech therapist.
The couple had been able to keep their relation secret for 3 years.

Here are some pictures from september 1999, when Belgium first saw the face of their new future queen.
The presentation was in the park of the castle of Laeken, where the couple settled down after their marriage.
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Old 08-19-2003, 12:21 PM
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Answering questions of the press.
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Old 08-19-2003, 12:31 PM
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Posing with their families.

Here with Philippe's parents, the king and queen of the Belgians.
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Old 08-19-2003, 12:40 PM
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Toasting with their family and the press
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Old 08-19-2003, 12:51 PM
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2 months later the couple gave an engagement party in the castle of Laeken, where 1500 guests from all over Belgium were invited (apart from their own family and friends).

1.The couple arrives and is being welcomed by the king and queen
2.Sweet gesture of Philippe
3.The couple dancing.
4.Mathilde reading the menu
5.(BTW all the food was Belgian)
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Old 08-19-2003, 02:06 PM
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Photos from Corbis:
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Old 11-16-2003, 05:53 AM
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From Corbis:
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Old 11-16-2003, 06:02 AM
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1.the couple talking to Khadja Nin
2.greeting guests
3.prince Laurent with Mathilde's sister Elisabeth
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Old 11-16-2003, 06:03 AM
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1.Philippe and Mathilde during dinner
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Old 04-10-2004, 08:05 AM
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More pics from their engagement:

1.the couple with their parents
2.with Mathilde's father and Filip's mother
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1.With amedeo, Luisa Maria and Maria Laura
2.With the king and queen
3.A toast
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Filip and Mathilde walking amid the press in the park of the castle of Laeken, which is their home now.

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1.Prince Lorenz having a beer
2.The couple and their families
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Paola and Albert dancing

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At the engagement party:
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More from the engagement party.

the arrival of king Albert & queen Paola
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king Albert greeting Mathilde's youngest sister, countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz
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the king & queen greeting Mathilde's sisters Elisabeth and Hélène
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