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Lady Felicity M 08-25-2010 05:36 AM

Questions and answers?
 
I have a few questions to ask about Crown Prince Phillipe and Crown Princess Mathilde.

1. How did Prince Phillipe meet Mathilde?

2. How did he propose to Mathilde?

3. How do you all feel about the age gap between them?

4. Do you think Mathilde's character, attitude has changed in the years?

Esmerelda 11-22-2010 04:45 PM

1. I think they met playing tennis but I'm not entirely sure.
2. Don't know
3. I think 13 years is acceptable. I personally wouldn't marry anyone old enough to be my parent/young enough to be my child (though I'm not going to have to worry about the second for quite some time!). It might have been more of an issue if Mathilde was under 20 but she was a mature, grown woman and they seem perfect for each other.
4. I've only just started to follow this family so pass.

Moonmaiden23 10-20-2014 09:45 AM

Is there anyone here who can tell me when Mathilde made her first official solo engagement as Duchess of Brabant? (within Belgium) I've gone through the current events archives but they don't seem to cover 2000 and 2001, or even 2002.

How long after her wedding was it? THANKS MUCH in advance!:smile:

Jacknch 10-20-2014 12:48 PM

I didn't know there was an age gap of 13 years, they have always looked so happy together and so for me, age is not important. I must say Philippe doesn't look his age to me and Mathilde hasn't aged a bit over the last 15 or so years!
Certainly her character and attitude has remained as lovely as ever as far as I can see.

Moonmaiden23 10-20-2014 07:53 PM

I agree, Philippe and Mathilde have always seemed so perfectly in sync with one another. They are one of those matches made in heaven that you hear and read about.

Shikha Pal 05-23-2015 12:58 PM

Is Princess Elisabeth the crown princess of Belgium?

HereditaryPrincess 05-23-2015 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Shikha Pal (Post 1782133)
Is Princess Elisabeth the crown princess of Belgium?

I've read that Belgium doesn't have the title of Crown Princess (even though Mathilde was referred to as "Crown Princess" a lot when she was Duchess of Brabant). Instead their title for the heir to the throne is Duchess of Brabant, which is the title Elisabeth currently holds. Only the Scandinavian countries, Dubai (though I've read that it's not used in the same way as the European title as it's not hereditary) and Brunei officially have the title Crown Princess/Crown Prince IIRC. In Spain, it's the Prince/ss of Austrias, in the Netherlands it's the Prince/ss of Orange, in Liechtenstein and Monaco it's Hereditary Prince/Princess and in Britain it's the Prince/ss of Wales. :flowers:

An Ard Ri 05-23-2015 01:42 PM

Japan and some of the former monarchies like Greece also use the title Crown Prince/Princess.

Lee-Z 05-23-2015 02:34 PM

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Originally Posted by HereditaryPrincess (Post 1782140)
I've read that Belgium doesn't have the title of Crown Princess (even though Mathilde was referred to as "Crown Princess" a lot when she was Duchess of Brabant). Instead their title for the heir to the throne is Duchess of Brabant, which is the title Elisabeth currently holds. Only the Scandinavian countries, Dubai (though I've read that it's not used in the same way as the European title as it's not hereditary) and Brunei officially have the title Crown Princess/Crown Prince IIRC. In Spain, it's the Prince/ss of Austrias, in the Netherlands it's the Prince/ss of Orange, in Liechtenstein and Monaco it's Hereditary Prince/Princess and in Britain it's the Prince/ss of Wales. :flowers:

Well, maybe not officially, but the term Crown prince(ss) ("Kroonprins(es)") was in the Netherlands certainly very often used for Juliana, Beatrix and Willem-Alexander in their time; everybody here knows who you mean (meant) if you use that title :flowers:

Shikha Pal 05-24-2015 12:09 PM

Thank you all for the information :thumbup::thumbup:


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