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Cathérine Bergeyck 08-19-2003 12:17 PM

Crown Prince Philippe To Marry Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz
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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.

Cathérine Bergeyck 08-19-2003 12:21 PM

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Answering questions of the press.

Cathérine Bergeyck 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.

Cathérine Bergeyck 08-19-2003 12:40 PM

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Toasting with their family and the press

Cathérine Bergeyck 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)

Cathérine Bergeyck 08-19-2003 02:06 PM

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Photos from Corbis:

Cathérine Bergeyck 11-16-2003 04:53 AM

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From Corbis:

Cathérine Bergeyck 11-16-2003 05:02 AM

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1.the couple talking to Khadja Nin
2.greeting guests
3.prince Laurent with Mathilde's sister Elisabeth

Cathérine Bergeyck 11-16-2003 05:03 AM

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1.Philippe and Mathilde during dinner

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-12-2003 05:45 AM

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Hannelore 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

Hannelore 04-10-2004 08:08 AM

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1.With amedeo, Luisa Maria and Maria Laura
2.With the king and queen
3.A toast

Hannelore 04-10-2004 08:11 AM

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Hannelore 04-10-2004 08:13 AM

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Filip and Mathilde walking amid the press in the park of the castle of Laeken, which is their home now.

Hannelore 04-10-2004 08:16 AM

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

Hannelore 04-11-2004 04:51 AM

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Paola and Albert dancing

Cathérine Bergeyck 06-18-2004 09:11 AM

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At the engagement party:

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-01-2004 03:54 PM

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More from the engagement party.

the arrival of king Albert & queen Paola

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-01-2004 03:56 PM

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king Albert greeting Mathilde's youngest sister, countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz

Cathérine Bergeyck 09-01-2004 03:57 PM

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the king & queen greeting Mathilde's sisters Elisabeth and Hélène

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