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Old 03-16-2006, 11:40 AM
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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium visit the NCP Alcohols / Alcofinance plant in Durban and they inogurate new infrastructures, Thursday 16 March 2006, in South Africa. BELGA PHOTO
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Old 03-16-2006, 12:38 PM
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i don't think mathilde is fat (or pregnant) at all, she looks just the way it is. mathilde is a big woman, she is tall, big hands, big musculature, and these type of women tend to look bigger and older than they are sometimes. she however transmits a lot more than that... :) she transmits a lot of happy, calm and sympathetic things. according to the clothes, i think she was appropiate all the times. i love to see her in skirts. it looks a lot better on her than trousers, since she is tall, and with long legs, skirts look really good.
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Old 03-16-2006, 12:42 PM
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I agree, Carlota. She is elegant and beautiful, as always.
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Is this voyage anything more than looking at mathilde's tummy? Give her a break, she's had 3 children in 5 years!
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Belgian prince offers support for Asgisa
March 12, 2006, 15:00

A high-powered Belgian delegation is in the country to offer support to the government's Accelerated Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgisa) and its quest to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014. Prince Phillipe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium arrived in Cape Town this morning.

Prince Phillipe is leading a high profile Belgian economic delegation of CEOs of close to 70 companies and senior trade officials.

The Belgians are in South Africa to strengthen the trade and political relations between the two countries. Belgium is currently one of South Africa's biggest trade partners with exports totalling R7.2 billion last year alone and imports from Belgium stood at R3.8 billion.

The focus of the five-day visit will be around the ports, railways and energy sectors. There will be discussions on training South Africans in ports management, diamond beneficiation and helping the Democratic Republic of Congo to prepare for its historic elections later this month.
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Old 03-16-2006, 04:37 PM
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Is this voyage anything more than looking at mathilde's tummy? Give her a break, she's had 3 children in 5 years!
I agree with you Cathérine. We can be glad she is such a wonderful princess, mother and wife. She's so near to perfect that it isn't right of us to judge her on a little tummy.
And if she will be pregnancy-tummy we will never know it before the 3-4th month. So don't waste your time by wondering if...
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Old 03-16-2006, 10:44 PM
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Pictures from Belga.

Philippe and Mathilde in Johannesburg visiting the NCP Alcohols/Alcofinance plant in Durban on March 16th.
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Pictures from Belga.

Philippe and Mathilde at a diamond dinner in the Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg on March 16th.

Love Philippe's expression in the 4th picture.
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Phillippe looks so distinguished in this pic:)
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I think they are really a lovely couple. I didn't know much about them until I joined this board.

They are affectionate towards each other in public which can be rare for a royal couple but is very refreshing to see. I think Mathilde is a "touchy" person and maybe has brought Phillipe out of his shell.

On the subject of her outfits and stomache this visit, I think what is a fault is the actual cut of the jackets that she has worn. They seem to be very short and cut right across her stomache making it look larger than it is.

If you look in the Royals with Similar styles thread there is a photo of Princess Maxima, who also wears clothes from the same designer, and the cut of the jacket does exactly the same for her figure.
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just beautiful... what a sweet couple... :o :) :o

Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium posed for photographers as they arrived for a gala evening, Thursday 16 March 2006, in JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. Prince Philippe of Belgium arrived in Cape Town 12 March 2006, leading a week-long trade mission to South Africa to look at investment opportunities in the country and on the continent at large.

from BELGA PHOTO / BENOIT DOPPAGNE
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Prince Philippe of Belgium made a speech at the gala evening " Meet Belgium", Thursday 16 March 2006, in JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. Prince Philippe of Belgium arrived in Cape Town 12 March 2006, leading a week-long trade mission to South Africa to look at investment opportunities in the country and on the continent at large.

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Philippe and Mathilde in Johannesburg visiting the NCP Alcohols/Alcofinance plant in Durban on March 16th.
more from their arrival in Durban (from facetoface)
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1 more picture of smiling Mathilde with Nelson Mandela (from wireimage)

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Seeing Filip and Mathilde together just makes my day everytime I see them, so looking at pics of them is always a good way for me to distract my mind from my own silly problems . Mathilde really has been looking beautiful this trip and I love seeing her and Filip interact with the people, the 'famous' ones like Anan and Mandela, but also the people in the streets. Thanks for all the pictures to all! :)
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South African President Thabo Mbeki (R) receives a Courtesy Call from Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, 17 March 2006 in Pretoria. Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde are paying an official visit to South Africa from Sunday, 12 March 2006.
The visit comes within the context of the South African Government's heightened emphasis on economic diplomacy in support of ASGI-SA and the drive to average 6% growth, and halve poverty and unemployment, by 2014.
In this regard, Prince Philippe is leading a high-profile Belgian economic mission of CEOs/senior managers of close to seventy companies to South Africa. The Prince's delegation includes Marc Verwilghen, Federal Minister of Economy, Energy, Foreign Trade and Science Policy and Fientjie Moerman, Vice-Minister President of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister of Economy, Enterprise, Science, Innovation and Foreign Trade.

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20060317 - SAXID, SOUTH AFRICA
Belgian Princess Mathilde visits the ' Sauth Africa Women In Dialogue ' project, Friday 17 March 2006 during the Belgian Economic Mission to South Africa.

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