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Pics and information about King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attending the celebrations for the bicentenary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Maastricht today, August 30, can be found at the following extra thread:


** 200 Years of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; 2013-2015 **
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:47 AM
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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were in Germany today, September 18, to attend the 11th meeting of the German-speaking heads of state in Bad Doberan.



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** belga gallery ** stuttgarter-zeitung.de gallery **



** ppe gallery ** demotix: King and Queen of Belgium visit President Gauck in Bad Doberan **
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Old 09-21-2014, 09:45 AM
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King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and the kids participated in the annual Car-Free Sunday in Brussels again today, September 21:



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


** rtl.be video: Journée sans voitures: Philippe et Mathilde ont participé aux festivités **


** 7sur7.be gallery: Philippe et Mathilde en vélo dans un Bruxelles déserté des autos **


** zimbio: King Philippe Of Belgium And Queen Mathilde Of Belgium Attend The Car Free Day In Brussels **


** purepeople gallery: Mathilde et Philippe de Belgique : Balade à vélo et cocktail en famille en ville **
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Old 09-21-2014, 10:38 AM
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Lovely to see the kids again!
Shy the youngest one is so adorable
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:57 AM
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Looks like they had a relaxed fun family day out,its not everyday you'd see the King,Queen and children having a cycle through the capital.
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:37 AM
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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde viewed the exhibition 'Sacred Places, Sacred Books' (Heilige Boeken, Heilige Plaatsen - Lieux Sacres, Livres Scres) at the MAS museum (Museum Aan de Stroom) in Antwerp today, September 24:



** gva.be gallery: Koningspaar op bezoek in MAS **


** pm: Mathilde et Philippe, une sacrée leçon d'histoire **


** ppe gallery ** belga gallery ** facetoface gallery ** gettyimages **


** dpp gallery: King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visit exhibition Sacred Places **
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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde made a visit to Shape, the Supreme Headquarters of Allied Command Operations, one of Nato's two strategic military commands, in Mons, today, September 30:



** belga gallery ** gettyimages **


** dhnet.be: Philippe et Mathilde en visite au SHAPE **


** zimbio/gettyimages gallery: King Philippe Visits SHAPE **
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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended the inauguration of the temporary pontoon bridge across the river Schelde near Steen Fortress, a reconstruction of the 1914 pontoon bridge, as part of the commemorations of the First World War, today, October 3, 2014.




** belga gallery ** gettyimages **


** deredactie.be video: Koninklijke paar steekt Antwerpse Scheldebrug over **


** standaard.be gallery: IN BEELD. Koning Filip en koningin Mathilde wandelen over de Schelde **


** 7sur7.be gallery: Le Roi et la Reine inaugurent le pont flottant provisoire à Anvers **


** sudinfo.be: La Reine Mathilde aux couleurs de la Flandre pour inaugurer le pont flottant à Anvers (photos) **
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King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Princess Elsabeth attended a First World War commemoration, in Ploegsteert today, October 17. The Lichtfront illuminated the front line of 1914, with 8,400 torchbearers forming a human chain stretching about 84 kms along the line where the Western Front stood before battle.



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** belga gallery ** standaard.be pics ** nieuws.vtm.be video **


** demorgen.be: Lichtfront: prinses Elisabeth leest eigen tekst voor ** translation **
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good job for the young princess
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I like how Philippe and Mathilde sometimes bring Elisabeth along to certain events. I love her coat, she looks sweet and also seemed to be quite confident when performing her speech, which I guess is a good quality for a royal in her position (heiress apparent) to have as she will need it a lot in the future. Would this be her second speech after the one she performed at the hospital when she was younger, or have I missed some?

It would be interesting to know what she said in her speech.
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Very positive comments on twitter towards Elisabeth, who gave the speech in the three official languages of Belgium.

Love how slowly but surely her parents are introducing her into royal life, by the time she's 18, this girl will be a pro!
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She wrote her speech herself.

I translated the lyrics:

Quote:
Hundred years ago the Great War began.
Thousands of soldiers deserted their families for the front.
Violence, fear and hunger, are their daily lot.
Men, women and children are forced to flee. Their home, their school, their village are destroyed.
We will all those victims in our country never forget.
Even today, war shatters lives. Fathers, mothers, children are suffering, or are separated from each other.
But their misfortune also gives us a lesson in courage and dignity.
The willpower in their eyes invites us to stand for a better world of justice and peace.
It comes to us, youth, to keep our torch high and, like today, to form a light front.
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She wrote her speech herself.

I translated the lyrics:



Clip of the speech
Thanks a lot, stephanievl! I like how she wrote the speech herself - I was impressed as it sounds quite mature for her age. I also like how she spoke it in the three languages of Belgium, that's a thoughtful touch. I have a feeling that she'll be a great asset to Belgium in the near future.
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She wrote her speech herself.

I translated the lyrics:



Clip of the speech
Thank you!

I am actually amazed about how confident she sounds, a regular 13 year old kid would be pretty nervous but she looked very comfortable and spoke very well
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Where is baby Elisabeth gone? She's already a lady. Impressive, for a almost-13 years old. Speaking four languages at her age is also mind-blowing.

I feel like Queen Mathilde is about to cry when she looks at her daugher, king Philippe seems very emotional too. I don't blame them, almost cried too
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The Princess Elisabeth has really impressed me with this event. Her clothing, whilst conservative, are appropriate for a girl her age and for the occasion. That she is fluent in so many languages and has written such an insightful speech speaks well for her intelligence and empathy. She truelly is a credit to her parents and herself. She has the makings of an excellent Monarch
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Here are some more pics of yesterday's ceremony:


** dpp: King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth at lightning Lightfront **


** lavenir.net: Commémoration de la Première Guerre mondiale : front de Lumière à Nieuport avec le couple royal **
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Thank you so much for translating, stephanievl I understood most of the French, but only some of the Dutch and the German and I was looking for a good translation of that wonderful speech. So thanks!

What a beautiful speech. She's so good at speaking in public. I was fifteen the first time I threw a speech and I was absolutely petrified despite having practiced a lot. Élisabeth does it so eloquently and with so much strength in her voice. She's wonderful. Bravo, Élisabeth!
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She wrote her speech herself.

I translated the lyrics:



Clip of the speech
I cannot watch it, can someone here post another link of the video?
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