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Cathérine Bergeyck 01-29-2005 09:30 AM

Greek state visit to Belgium
From 1st untill 3rd February 2005 president Stephanopoulos of Greece and his wife will pay an official state visit to Belgium.

Cathérine Bergeyck 02-01-2005 06:34 AM

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Prince Philippe and princess Mathilde welcome Greek President Costiss Stephanopoulos and his wife at Melsbroek military airport, 01 February 2005. Greek President Constantinos Stephanopoulos arrived in Belgium for a 3-day official state visit.

Hannelore 02-01-2005 07:02 AM

It seems to be the traditional task of the duke & duchess to pick up the guests from the airport. Afterwards they drive to the royal palace where there's an official welcome, where also the king and queen are present (and the most important members of the governement). Afterwards there's usually a private dinner and tonight there will be a first gala event.

Let's hope we get to see a lot of pictures!

Hannelore 02-01-2005 08:21 AM

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Belgian Prince Philippe and Queen Paola, Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos, Belgian King Albert II and Princess Mathilde stand before an honor guard

Hannelore 02-01-2005 08:23 AM

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at the royal palace

Hannelore 02-01-2005 10:39 AM

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more pics of this morning's ceremony at the place des palais in Brussels. Princess Mathilde looked very elegant IMO. Great coat :)

Hannelore 02-01-2005 10:47 AM

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Inside the royal palace

Hannelore 02-01-2005 10:51 AM

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Van Parys Media

Hannelore 02-01-2005 10:59 AM

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from Seegerpress

Hannelore 02-01-2005 11:01 AM

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And one of Paola...Nice necklace, but her make up could be a bit better I think.

the duchess of Brabant

GrandDuchess 02-01-2005 11:13 AM

Wow, Mathilde looks wonderful! Classic elegance, wonderful coat and nice matching earrings to go with it. She's so classy!

Hannelore 02-01-2005 12:36 PM

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More pics of the duke and duchess picking up the Greek president from the airport.

Hannelore 02-01-2005 12:39 PM

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and in to the limo :)

Hannelore 02-01-2005 12:44 PM

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1, 2) Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos greets the crowd on the Grand Place of Brussels, 01 February 2005. Gettyimages

3 to 5) Queen Paola of Belgium, Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos, Brussels' Mayor Freddy Thielemans and King Albert II of Belgium greet the crowd from the balcony of the City Hall on the Grand Place of Brussels. Gettyimages

6, 7) President Stephanopoulos on a meeting with Belgian prime minister Verhofstadt. Gettyimages

lucys 02-01-2005 01:35 PM

I agree, the Princess looks wonderful. I've seen some people complain that she's not "flashy" enough in her dress, that's she "boring", when in fact she is classically elegant.

Hannelore 02-01-2005 01:41 PM

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a few more from today...

Emily 02-01-2005 02:27 PM


Originally Posted by lucys
I agree, the Princess looks wonderful. I've seen some people complain that she's not "flashy" enough in her dress, that's she "boring", when in fact she is classically elegant.

Hannelore, thank you for the wonderful photos! And I agree wholeheartedly with your statement, Lucys. Far from being boring, she dresses very tastefully, "classically elegant" as you say. And at the same time that her appearance is immaculate, I enjoy a very "down to earth" quality about her as she undertakes her obligations.

sara1981 02-01-2005 03:25 PM

Princess Mathilde looks wonderful clothes and more tastes! i hope so she will attend at gala dinner what about Prince Laurent and Princess Claire and Princess Astrid? and Queen Fab?

Sara Boyce

pdas1201 02-01-2005 05:16 PM

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The Belgian Royal Family attend a gala dinner for the President of Greece, Constantinos Stephanopoulos, at the Royal Castle

Mathilde indeed looks elegant, but I don't like the top part of the dress very much. Astrid and Claire looks nicer.

Hannelore 02-01-2005 05:32 PM

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Wow! All three royal ladies look fairytale like, stunning!!

I especially like Mathilde's outfit, the beautiful lace top (she wore it once before in Poland) combined with the delicate looking chiffon skirt/pants.

Claire wore her outfit before on a gala occasion in Paris.

And Astrid wore this beautiful gown in Denmark this summer.

I also like Mathilde's hairdo very much, every inch a princess.

When you look at the three princesses and the wife of the president (who is quite pretty as well) you can easily tell who's royal and who isn't!

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