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mtbcm 11-04-2005 06:15 AM

Swedish State Visit to Belgium; May 8-11, 2001
The Kings of Sweden and Princess Victoria visited Belgium in June 2001.

This visit was the first public event attended by Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde after the announcement that they were expecting their first child.

At the airport (it was a windy day which caused some trouble in the ladies’ hats)

mtbcm 11-04-2005 06:17 AM

After arriving to the airport Princess Victoria, escorted by the Dukes of Brabant, paid a visit to a Swedish School, where she chatted with teachers and students. (they left the hats in the car for the visit)

The Kings of Sweden and the Kings of Belgium salute from Laeken’s Palace Balcony

mtbcm 11-04-2005 06:18 AM

In the first day a Gala Dinner was held at Royal Palace of Laeken, where the elegant and cheerful tones of the ladies dresses competed with the tiaras used by Princesses Mathilde, Victoria and Astrid and by Queens Paola and Silvia.

mtbcm 11-04-2005 06:21 AM

mtbcm 11-04-2005 06:21 AM

On 2nd day both Royal Families went to Amberes.

During this visit Queen Silvia and Princess Victoria could admire a portrait of Queen Astrid, present at Amberes City Hall, who died tragically when she was 30 years old.

Later Queen Paola escorted Queen Silvia and Princess Victoria to an investigation centre in the HIV area, where using a special 3D glasses they watched a video.

mtbcm 11-04-2005 06:23 AM

Later a Gala Dinner was held at the Cercle Royal Gaulois where once again the Royal Ladies shined with elegant dresses and amazing tiaras.

Yennie 11-04-2005 06:24 AM

Nice pics! Thanks for posting them...

mtbcm 11-04-2005 06:25 AM

Yennie, You are welcome! :)

I thought it would be nice to post this thread since Hola published such a beautiful photos. I know its an old event, and if you feel it is out of place please feel free to delete it.
mtbcm :)

Cathérine Bergeyck 11-04-2005 10:53 AM

No don't delete it ! I loved seeing all those pics, most I had never seen before. Thanks so much for posting them :)

Josefine 11-09-2005 04:28 AM

wow great photos
that was a grand state visit

BeccaLynn07 11-09-2005 08:27 PM

Thanks so much to mtbcm! Those photos are wonderful.

LadyFinn 12-02-2007 04:33 AM

More photos from this state visit:
Victoria and Philippe

Prince of Chota 07-17-2008 03:46 AM

The first gala event (where silvia wears the cameo tiara) I saw on television at the time, and it sparked much of my love for both the Swedish queen and the cameo tiara (hence my avatar)...

Tilla 11-09-2008 05:32 PM

Hallo, we often buy magazines re Royalties, but never could I get from them such a variety of wonderful photos, as in this forum. thank you so much. :smile:

Josefine 03-26-2009 12:20 PM

is return visit from belgium to sweden in a future plan

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