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Alexandria 11-25-2005 10:21 AM

Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde: Current News Part 9
 
Welcome to Part 9 of Current News and Pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Brabant.

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Have fun!

Mette2 11-25-2005 06:11 PM

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Pictures from AAP Image and Newscom.

November 24th:

1+2) Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva meets with Philippe at Panalto Palace in Brazilia.

November 25th:

3+4) Jose Sergio Gabrielli, president of state oil company Petrobras, meets Philippe at the Petrobras office in Rio de Janeiro.

5) Philippe smiles as he leaves at Petrobras office in Rio de Janeiro.

Hannelore 11-27-2005 08:54 AM

Photos from Mathilde & Filip at the baptism of Alexia of Holland, Mathilde's first royal godchild. Pics from getty, bruno, royalimages, newscom, fotomarktplatz.

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Hannelore 11-27-2005 09:02 AM

On December 6, 2005 princess Mathilde will hand out the prize that bears her name.

This year the theme was "Women in economy : the strength to color society". the winner is Crédal from Louvain-la-Neuve for her initiative "bussineswomen - women's business", a project of alternative creditinvestment.

Hannelore 11-27-2005 09:05 AM

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Princess Mathilde is present to receive president Toumani of Mali.

Pics from picturedesk

Mette2 11-29-2005 07:22 PM

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Pictures from Newscom.

Economic mission to Brazil November 19th-26th.

While in Brazil Philippe took time off to take in some culture and sightseeing in Rio De Janeiro.

Mette2 11-29-2005 07:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Mette2
Pictures from Newscom.

Economic mission to Brazil November 19th-26th.

While in Brazil Philippe took time off to take in some culture and sightseeing in Rio De Janeiro.

Pictures also from Picturedesk/contrast.

More pictures.

purple_platinum 11-29-2005 07:29 PM

Thanks, Hannelore & Mette2!
i was looking for more pics from both events..
philippe's trip to brazil seem to go unnoticed as opposed to maxima's (that still goes on today)

Mette2 11-29-2005 08:04 PM

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Originally Posted by purple_platinum
Thanks, Hannelore & Mette2!
i was looking for more pics from both events..
philippe's trip to brazil seem to go unnoticed as opposed to maxima's (that still goes on today)

You're welcome purple_platinum.:) As martha-louise pointed out in 'Current News Part 8' the reason why there aren't a lot of pictures from Philippe's trip to Brazil, might be because he was attending a lot of meetings behind closed doors. I had also hoped for more pictures from his trip, and was then really happy when there finally were some more. Still wish there were more though.:D
Sorry I don't know what Maxima is in Brazil for,:o but if the visit is not of the same nature as Philippe's, then that might be a reason why there are more pictures of Maxima's visit. Maybe there are also more pictures from her visit, because the photographers think she's more interesting to take pictures of than Philippe.:D But I like looking at pictures of Philippe, and the more the merrier. I also think he looks really good in these pictures.:)

martha-louise 11-29-2005 09:36 PM

Thank you for posting these pictures Mette2. I really enjoyed them. And yes they took some good shots of the prince. He seemed very relaxed, oh it would have been so beautiful together with Mathilde. But I like these anyway, as they came as a surprise. :)

Hannelore 11-30-2005 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by purple_platinum
Thanks, Hannelore & Mette2!
i was looking for more pics from both events..
philippe's trip to brazil seem to go unnoticed as opposed to maxima's (that still goes on today)

Unnoticed at this forum yes, but Maxima will always be more glamorous than Filip, even if she was wearing her pyjamas ;):)

If Mathilde doesn't accompany Filip on economic missions there's a part of the mission that is lost for us (on this forum I mean). Mathilde adds the socio-cultural part, which is always nicer to watch than the dry economic business side Filip is involved in and knows very much about. So that's why we have a lot less pics than if she goes with him. The business side is Filip's branch. Of course there's some minister or other-important-person now taking care of the socio-economic side, but we won't be posting pics of that hey?

This Belgian delegation will surely be getting all the atention it deserves in the business life of Brazil. The reasons they are there are a diplomatic one (strengthening the ties and good understanding between the 2 countries) and an economic one (introduction of Belgian companies in Brazil, new contracts being signed and thus "selling" Belgium over there and creating new jobs over here in Belgium). So you see, not very glamorous (or interesting for the photographs) without Mathilde stealing the show in beautiful gala dresses, but yet a very usefull trip.

Mette2 11-30-2005 05:15 PM

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Originally Posted by martha-louise
Thank you for posting these pictures Mette2. I really enjoyed them. And yes they took some good shots of the prince. He seemed very relaxed, oh it would have been so beautiful together with Mathilde. But I like these anyway, as they came as a surprise. :)

You're welcome martha-louise.:) I think he looks very relaxed in these pictures too, and I agree that the pictures would have been beautiful if Mathilde had been in the them as well. However, I don't think we'll ever be short of pictures with both Philippe and Mathilde in them.;):) It's always nice to be pleasantly surprised.:)

selminha 12-05-2005 02:54 PM

That good tomorrow we go to see the princess Mathilde again!!!!:) :)

Emily 12-06-2005 05:01 PM

Any news/photos on the Duchess of Brabant presenting the Princess Mathilde prize to Credal?

Mette2 12-07-2005 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Emily
Any news/photos on the Duchess of Brabant presenting the Princess Mathilde prize to Credal?

I haven't found any pictures at some of the photo agencies I've looked at (Getty Images, picturedesk/contrast, Seegerpress), which I think is really strange, since there have been many pictures the other years she's handed out her award. Hopefully there'll be some pictures soon. I did find a very, very short clip on the news from the event.

Go to:
http://www.vtm.be/nieuws/index_bekijkonline.htm
-> Dinsdag 06/12 -> 13u -> 21.44 minutes into the news.

Hope it works.:)

Larzen 12-07-2005 04:17 PM

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Here are some pictures from Face to Face

selminha 12-07-2005 04:31 PM

Lovely photos, and lovely to see! :) She looks absolutley radiant and elegant!;)

Emily 12-07-2005 04:33 PM

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Originally Posted by selminha
Lovely photos, and lovely to see! :) She looks absolutley radiant and elegant!;)

I think the same. Thank you so much for the lovely photos, Larzen and for the news link, Mette2.

Emilia 12-07-2005 04:57 PM

Mathilde looks soooo lovely and happy !

Mette2 12-07-2005 11:08 PM

Thank you very much for the pictures Larzen.:) I'm so happy you were able to find some. Mathilde looks radiant in these pictures, and I really like her outfit. Wonderful pictures.:)
You're welcome Emily.:)

Danielle 12-08-2005 03:34 AM

I think radiant is an excellent word to use to describe Mathilde in these photos (and at every public appearance she makes, IMO). Thank you Larzen for posting them. I can't wait to see more photos of Mathilde in the coming weeks. It seems like such a long time since I've seen her.

selminha 12-08-2005 01:56 PM

It is a pity not to have more photos!:(

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-08-2005 02:35 PM

I think her outfit is from Armani. Beautiful photos, thank you!

Larzen 12-08-2005 03:02 PM

I belive so to, from Emporio Armani autumn/winter collection 05-06 (vogue)here in grey and white
http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/5...780f6mg.th.jpg

She also wor Emporio Armani for the recent meeting with the President from Mali (getty/vogue)
http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/9...48191ot.th.jpghttp://img341.imageshack.us/img341/8...280f6cx.th.jpg

Its really very strange there are not more pictures from this event:(

Tinika 12-08-2005 05:53 PM

This is a wonderful picture.
http://img510.imageshack.us/my.php?image=96tz.jpg

fanletizia 12-09-2005 11:52 AM

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Prince Phillippe inauguration of a buste in honour of King Leopold and in the ASTRID MUSEUM


From anp and belga

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-10-2005 05:51 AM

He inaugurated the bust in the Flemish town Leopoldsburg (Limburg) and afterwards he visited the Astrid Museum, also in the same town. This museum has nothing to do with official state museums, it's set up by a woman called Astrid Bammens in her home. Mme Bammens has had a lifelong fascination for queen Astrid and has changed her house into a real museum. She's of course a huge royal fan. This was the first time someone from the RF visited her, and she was of course delighted. Philippe especially took a look at all the pictures she had, and commented how impressive for Astrid it must have been when she arrived in Antwerp and the quays were black with the thousands of people coming to welcome her.

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-11-2005 05:32 AM

Mathilde's speech, at the presentation of her prize in Dutch

Dames en heren,

Ik ben ten zeerste verheugd dat de vzw CREDAL dit jaar de Prijs in ontvangst neemt van het Fonds dat mijn naam draagt.

Met het project “Vrouw-en-Zaken” helpt Crédal kansarme vrouwen hun eigen bedrijf op te starten. Dit gebeurt via een geïntegreerde en collectieve benadering, gekoppeld aan het gebruik van microkredieten. Met een kleine som geld als startkapitaal kunnen ze hun droom realiseren. De deelneemsters, zowel autochtone als allochtone vrouwen, zijn zeer enthousiast over de vorming en de constante professionele begeleiding die ze krijgen. Ze zijn bijzonder gemotiveerd, want ze krijgen toegang tot een aangepaste kredietvorm. Krediet tegen marktvoorwaarden is voor hen immers vaak onbereikbaar.

Binnen de groep vrouwen die deelnemen aan het project staan betrokkenheid, solidariteit en onderlinge afhankelijkheid centraal.
Door zijn uitstraling naar de andere regio’s van ons land, heeft dit project een hefboomeffect dat vrouwen in België de kans geeft hun kwetsbaarheid te doorbreken en actief deel te nemen aan het economische leven. Via een grotere zelfstandigheid én onafhankelijkheid nemen ze hun lot in eigen handen. En met succes!

Ik feliciteer dan ook van harte de vzw Crédal en haar partners de vzw Hefboom, Stebo en Vie Féminine met dit dynamisch initiatief.

Dames en heren,

Het is niet zo evident vrouwen tot actieve medespelers te maken in het economische leven. Allochtone vrouwen hebben het dan nog dubbel moeilijk.
Goede initiatieven die vrouwen helpen een plaats op de arbeidsmarkt te veroveren, zijn niet genoeg gekend.
Tot deze vaststelling kwam de onafhankelijke jury van het Fonds tijdens zijn beraadslagingen.

Naar traditie worden voor de Prijs veel projecten ingediend. Dit was nu ook weer het geval. Dit jaar viel het echter op dat maar weinig projecten echt beantwoordden aan het vooropgestelde thema: de economische kracht van de vrouw in het hart van de multiculturele samenleving.
Hadden we te hoog gemikt? Waren we te ambitieus in onze verwachtingen? Gebeurt er te weinig op economisch vlak door, voor en met vrouwen?
Waarom blijven vrouwen nog altijd in de schaduw staan wanneer het over de economie en de zakenwereld gaat?
Het stemt tot verder nadenken.

De steeds groter wordende culturele diversiteit en de uiteenlopende posities van vrouwen daarin blijven een uitdaging voor ons allen.

Nochtans draagt de economische activiteit in hoge mate bij tot emancipatie en maatschappelijke betrokkenheid van vrouwen.

De wijze waarop mannen en vrouwen deelnemen aan de arbeidsmarkt, is de laatste decennia sterk geëvolueerd. Enerzijds is er de stijgende beroepsactiviteit van vrouwen waarop niet altijd een afdoend antwoord komt; anderzijds worden de prestaties van de thuiswerkende vrouw ondergewaardeerd. Huishoudelijke en zorgtaken vallen vandaag nog steeds overwegend ten laste van de vrouw. De combinatie werk en gezin blijft een moeilijke evenwichtsoefening voor elke vrouw. Steeds meer toont de werkgever op dat vlak flexibiliteit, maar is dat voldoende?

In hun economisch handelen, maken vrouwen al te vaak een afweging tussen enerzijds productiviteit die leidt tot een eigen inkomen, en anderzijds zorgzaamheid met het valoriseren van zachte waarden die ook belangrijk zijn binnen onze samenleving. Dit toont hun kracht, maar tevens ook hun kwetsbaarheid. Deze laatste vertaalt zich in een belemmering van een vlotte toegang tot de arbeidsmarkt , beperkte keuzemogelijkheden en promotiekansen.

De werkvloer zou best de diversiteit van de samenleving weerspiegelen. Structurele, sociale en culturele drempels –tradities, taal, familiale druk…- overwinnen, vraagt tezelfdertijd inspanningen zowel van de vrouwelijke werknemer als van de werkgever. Aangezien onderwijs en vorming cruciaal zijn, is het belangrijk dat vanuit de scholen meer aandacht gaat naar gelijke kansen tussen vrouwen en mannen; diversiteit kan een troef zijn, waarbij talenten maximaal ontwikkeld worden.

Dames en heren,

Dat Crédal, een coöperatieve van alternatieve kredietverlening, dit jaar weerhouden werd als laureaat, is een gelukkig toeval dat mij bijzonder verheugt. Het jaar 2005 werd immers uitgeroepen tot het Internationale Jaar van Microkrediet. Zoals U weet, heb ik mij geëngageerd om microfinanciering wereldwijd te promoten. Crédal heeft zich voor zijn project geïnspireerd op het systeem dat door professor Muhammad Yunus van Bangladesh werd uitgewerkt in de Grameenbank.
Ook in Bangladesh waren vrouwen de eerste én voornaamste bestemmelingen van kleine kredieten. Het systeem werd ondertussen uitgebreid tot microfinanciering die toegang verschaft tot financiële dienstverleningen aan personen die normaal uitgesloten worden uit het traditionele banksysteem : naast kredietverlening gaat de aandacht vandaag ook naar het sparen, de verzekering en andere financiële instrumenten.

Tijdens mijn contacten en discussies in het buitenland met bestemmelingen van microfinanciering, heb ik kunnen vaststellen dat vooral vrouwen er baat bij hebben. Het geeft hun erkenning binnen hun gemeenschap; het draagt bij tot de empowerment van de vrouw en komt zo het ganse gezin ten goede.

In ontwikkelde landen vindt microfinanciering geen uitgebreide toepassing.
Daarom verheugt het me des te meer dat organisaties in België toch bereid zijn het risico te nemen. Via microkredieten en het inzetten van individuele begeleiders, steunen ze bedrijven werkzaam in de sociale economie, particulieren met een bescheiden inkomen én micro-ondernemers. Alleen initiatieven die zelfdragend kunnen zijn én oog hebben voor de maatschappelijke meerwaarden voor mannen en vrouwen op langere termijn, kunnen een volwaardige economische deelname van de vrouw verzekeren. Duurzame oplossingen zijn nodig, geen kortetermijnregelingen.

Zoals u ziet, kan het rijke Noorden ook iets leren van het arme Zuiden. Want kansarmen vindt men ook in België, maar helaas vaak in verborgen vorm.

Dames en heren,

Voorzitster Tulkens kondigde bij aanvang aan dat we dit jaar een lustrumzitting van het Fonds vieren. Ik ben fier op zijn verwezenlijkingen van de voorbije vijf jaren. Mooie thema’s werden naar voren gebracht die telkens een positieve respons kregen vanuit het maatschappelijk veld.

Het sterkt mij in mijn overtuiging dat in ons land nog velen bereid zijn hun aandacht en tijd te besteden aan het verbeteren van het lot van hun kwetsbare medemens. Dat is hartverwarmend.

Ik ben er van overtuigd dat het Fonds de ingeslagen weg met enthousiasme zal voortzetten. Nieuwe terreinen zullen in de toekomst worden aangeboord. Onderwerpen zullen naar voren gebracht worden die soms onvoldoende aandacht krijgen, maar het toch verdienen in de schijnwerper geplaatst te worden. Het Fonds wenst op een creatieve en evolutieve manier invulling te geven aan zijn opdracht.

Ik dank alle leden van het bestuurscomité, de huidige leden hier aanwezig, maar ook degenen die in het verleden hun schouders gezet hebben onder het Fonds. Mijn dank gaat ook naar alle juryleden die steeds op een efficiënte en onafhankelijke manier hun beraadslagingen voerden. Dit alles was natuurlijk niet mogelijk zonder onze Voorzitster Mevr. Tulkens die de voorbije vijf jaar het Fonds succesvol heeft gestuurd.

Verder gaat mijn dank ook naar de Koning Boudewijnstichting, in het bijzonder naar het secretariaat van het Fonds, voor het goede beheer van het Fonds.

Tot slot wens ik oprecht mijn dank te betuigen aan de Belgische bevolking die dit alles heeft mogelijk gemaakt dankzij haar gulle giften ter gelegenheid van mijn huwelijk met Prins Filip. Zo kunnen we een stem geven aan hen van wie de stem niet altijd wordt gehoord.

Het Fonds blijft zich inzetten om de kwetsbaren binnen onze maatschappij sterker te maken.

Ik dank u voor uw aandacht.

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-11-2005 05:33 AM

and in French

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Je suis particulièrement heureuse que l’asbl CREDAL ait remporté cette année le Prix du Fonds qui porte mon nom.

Grâce à son projet “Affaires de femmes, femmes d’affaires”, Crédal aide les femmes défavorisées à lancer leur propre entreprise. Ceci s’effectue à travers une approche intégrée et collective à laquelle est associé l’usage de microcrédits. Cela permet à ces femmes de réaliser leur rêve avec un montant modeste comme capital de départ. Les participantes, tant Belges d’origine qu’issues de l’immigration, apprécient au plus haut point la formation et l’accompagnement professionnel permanent qui leur sont prodigués. Elles sont particulièrement motivées, car elles accèdent ainsi à une forme de crédit qui leur est adaptée. En effet, un crédit selon les normes en vigueur sur le marché est souvent inabordable pour ces femmes.
Au sein du groupe de femmes qui participent au projet, l’engagement, la solidarité et l’interdépendance occupent une place prépondérante. Grâce à son rayonnement vers les autres régions de notre pays, ce projet agit comme un levier qui permet aux femmes de Belgique de renforcer leur capital et de prendre une part active à la vie économique. Une autonomie et une indépendance accrues les incitent à prendre leur propre destinée en main. Et elles y parviennent !

Je félicite donc chaleureusement l’asbl Crédal ainsi que ses partenaires, les asbl Hefboom, Stebo et Vie Féminine pour cette initiative dynamique.

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Il n’est pas facile de faire accéder les femmes au statut de partenaire à part entière dans la vie économique. Pour les femmes issues de l’immigration, c’est encore bien plus malaisé. Les initiatives valables qui aident les femmes à conquérir une place sur le marché de l’emploi ne sont pas suffisamment connues.
C’est ce constat qui est ressorti des délibérations menées par le jury indépendant du Fonds.

Traditionnellement, les candidatures au Prix sont nombreuses, et c’était une fois de plus le cas cette année. Il était toutefois frappant de constater que peu de projets correspondaient réellement au thème retenu, en l’occurrence la force économique de la femme au coeur de la société multiculturelle.

Avions-nous visé trop haut ? Nos espoirs étaient-ils trop ambitieux ? Y a-t-il, dans le domaine économique, trop peu d’initiatives émanant de femmes, qui leur sont destinées ou auxquelles elles sont associées ? Pourquoi, aujourd’hui encore, les femmes restent-elles dans l’ombre dès qu’il est question d’économie et du monde des affaires ?
Cela mérite réflexion.

La diversité culturelle sans cesse croissante et les positions divergentes qu’occupent les femmes demeurent un défi pour chacun d’entre nous.

Pourtant, l’activité économique contribue dans une large mesure à l’émancipation et à l’engagement social des femmes.

La manière dont hommes et femmes participent au marché de l’emploi a fortement évolué au cours de ces dernières décennies. D’une part, on constate une augmentation de l’activité professionnelle des femmes, à laquelle on n’apporte pas toujours une réponse convaincante ; d’autre part, les tâches que mènent à bien les femmes qui restent au foyer ne sont pas appréciées à leur juste valeur. Aujourd’hui encore, les tâches ménagères et les charges familiales échoient en majeure partie aux femmes. Pour chacune d’entre elles, combiner vie professionnelle et vie familiale requiert des talents d’équilibriste. Il est vrai que, de plus en plus, les employeurs font preuve de souplesse en cette matière, mais est-ce bien suffisant ?

Dans leurs activités économiques, les femmes sont trop souvent tiraillées entre d’une part, la productivité qui leur permet de bénéficier d’un revenu propre et, d’autre part, la sollicitude qui les incite à privilégier les valeurs douces, qui ont également leur importance dans notre société. Ceci démontre leur force, mais révèle tout à la fois leur vulnérabilité, qui se traduit par un accès difficile au marché de l’emploi, par des options limitées et des possibilités de promotion réduites.

Le monde du travail devrait refléter la diversité de la société. On ne pourra aplanir les obstacles structurels, sociaux et culturels – les traditions, la langue, la pression de la famille….- que grâce aux efforts conjoints des femmes qui travaillent et des employeurs. L’enseignement et la formation étant d’une importance cruciale, il est primordial que les écoles mettent davantage l’accent sur l’égalité des chances entre les femmes et les hommes; la diversité peut être un atout, permettant au talent de s’épanouir au maximum.

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Le fait que Crédal, une coopérative s’occupant de formes alternatives d’octroi de crédit, ait été retenu cette année comme lauréat, est un heureux hasard, qui me réjouit particulièrement. L’année 2005 a en effet été proclamée Année internationale du Microcrédit. Comme vous le savez, je me suis engagée à promouvoir la microfinance dans le monde entier. Pour son projet, Crédal s’est inspiré du système mis en oeuvre au Bangladesh par le professeur Muhammad Yunus dans la ‘Grameen Bank’.

Au Bangladesh aussi, ce sont les femmes qui ont été les premières destinataires et les principales bénéficiaires de crédits à petite échelle. Entre-temps élargi, ce système de microfinance permet actuellement aux personnes qui sont normalement exclues du système bancaire traditionnel d’avoir accès à divers services financiers : outre l’octroi de crédits, il se concentre à présent sur l’épargne, les assurances et d’autres instruments financiers.

Lors de mes contacts et de mes discussions avec les bénéficiaires de la microfinance à l’étranger, j’ai pu constater que ce sont surtout les femmes qui peuvent en retirer un avantage. Ce système leur permet de jouir d’une certaine considération au sein de leur communauté, contribuant en cela à l’autonomisation de la femme et, partant, au bien-être de toute la famille.

Dans les pays développés, la microfinance n’est utilisée que de manière relativement restreinte. Je suis dès lors d’autant plus heureuse de constater qu’en Belgique, certaines organisations sont disposées à relever ce défi. Grâce à l’octroi de microcrédits et à un accompagnement individuel, ces organisations soutiennent des entreprises qui s’occupent d’économie sociale, des particuliers aux revenus modestes et des micro-entrepreneurs. Seules les initiatives qui sont en mesure de devenir financièrement autonomes et qui visent pour les hommes et les femmes une plus-value à long terme pourront garantir à la femme un rôle à part entière dans la vie économique. Ce dont nous avons besoin, ce sont des solutions durables, et non pas des arrangements à court terme.

Comme vous le constatez, le Nord prospère a encore des choses à apprendre des pays pauvres du Sud. En effet, des personnes défavorisées, il y en a aussi en Belgique, mais, malheureusement, cette pauvreté est souvent cachée.

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Madame la Présidente Tulkens a relevé dans son introduction que le Fonds fête cette année un anniversaire jubilaire. Je suis fière de ce que le Fonds a réalisé au cours des cinq années écoulées. Il a mis en évidence de beaux thèmes, qui ont suscité à chaque fois des réactions positives du monde social.

Cela me conforte dans ma conviction que dans notre pays, beaucoup de gens sont encore disposés à consacrer leur attention et leur temps à l’amélioration du sort des plus vulnérables. Cela me fait chaud au coeur.

Je suis convaincue que le Fonds poursuivra avec enthousiasme la tâche qu’il s’est imparti. A l’avenir, des thèmes nouveaux seront abordés. Le Fonds se penchera sur des sujets auxquels on attache parfois trop peu d’importance, mais qui méritent d’être mis en évidence. Le Fonds a la volonté de mener à bien sa mission de manière créative et évolutive.

Je remercie tous les membres du comité de gestion, les membres actuels ici présents, mais également ceux qui se sont investis pour le Fonds dans le passé. Ma gratitude va également à tous les membres du jury qui ont mené leurs délibérations de manière efficace et en toute indépendance. Tout cela n’aurait évidemment pas été possible sans notre Présidente, Madame Tulkens, qui a dirigé le Fonds d’une manière efficace durant les cinq années écoulées.

J’adresse également mes remerciements à la Fondation Roi Baudouin et, en particulier, au secrétariat du Fonds, pour leur bonne gestion.

Enfin, je souhaite exprimer ma sincère reconnaissance envers la population belge. En effet, tout ceci, nous le devons à la générosité dont elle a fait preuve à l’occasion de mon mariage avec le Prince Philippe. Elle nous a ainsi permis de donner la parole aux sans-voix.

Le Fonds continuera à renforcer les personnes vulnérables dans notre société.

Je vous remercie de votre attention.

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-11-2005 12:08 PM

Translation in English
 
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am most pleased that vzw Crédal this year recieves the prize that bears my name.

With the project "Women-and-business" Crédal helps underpriviledged women to start up their own company. This happens through an integrated and collective approach, combined with the use of microcredits. With a small sum of money as starting capital they can make their dream come true. The participants, both native as foreign women, are very enthousiastic about the training and the constant professional guidance they receive. They are especially motivated, because they get acces to an adapted form of financing. Financing at market conditions are most of the time unthinkable for them.

For the group of women participating in the project involvement, solidarity and individual independance are the main themes. By its influence on other parts of our country, this project has triggered other women in Belgium to grasp the opportunity to end their vulnerability and to participate actively in the ecnonomic life. A bigger independance helps them to decide about their own fate. And with success !

Therefor I want to congratulate vzw Crédal and her partners vzw Hefboom, Stebo and Vie Féminine for their dynamic initiative.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It isn't an evidence to make women active partners in the economic life. Foreign women have it twice as hard.
Good initiatives, providing women with a job, get hardly enough publicity.
This is the conclusion the independant jury of my Fund drew during our talks.

Traditionnally a lot of projects enter this competition. The same happened this year. But it was remarkable that few projects actually answered this year's theme: de economic power of the woman in the heart of the multicultural society.
Did we aim too high? Were our expectations too ambitious? Does too little happen in the economy for and by and with women? Why are women still left in the shadow when it comes to the economy and business life?
Questions we certainly want to contemplate further.

The ever increasing cultural diversity and various positions of women in it stay a challenge for all of us.

But the economic activity contributes in high amount to the emancipation and social involvement of women.

The manner in which men and women participate in the labour market has evolved a lot in the past years. At one side there's the fact that women's jobs don't always get the apreciation they deserve, at the other side the work of the housewife is often underestimated. Domestical and caring tasks are still in high amount at the charge of women. The combination of having a job and a family stays a difficult balance exercise for each woman. More and more employers are showing flexibilty when it comes to this, but is it enough?

In their economic activities women too often have to chose between the prodictivity that provides them with their own income and the valorisation of caring values that are important in our society as well. Their responsability for these show their power, but at the same time their vulnerability. The latter is clear in the obstruction of an easy acces to the labour market, restricted posibilties of choice and chances for promotion.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The fact that Crédal, as a cooperative for alternative financing, has been chosen as this year's laureate, is a happy coincidence that fills me with joy. The year 2005 is the International Year of the Microcredit. As you know, I have made an effort to promote the use of microcredits wordwide. For its project, Crédal found inspiration in the system that professor Muhammad Yunus from Bangaldesh developped in the Grameenbank.
In Bangladesh as well women were the first and most important destinaries of the small financing projects. In the meanwhile the system has been expanded to microfinancing that offers acces to financing to persons that would normally have been excluded from the tradition banking system: apart from financing there's atention for savings, insurance and other financial instruments.

During my contacts and discussions abroad with the destinaries of micorcredits, I have been able to conclude that's it's most of all a system that women benefit from. It gives them recognition in their community, it strengthens the empowerment of women and thus helps the entire family.

In developped countries microfinancing isn't practiced very often. That's why I'm all the more pleased that there are organizations in Belgium willing to take the risk. Through microcredits and working with individual companions, they support companies in the social economy, privates with a modest income and micro-investors. Only initiatives that are selfcatering and have an eye for the social value of men and woman on the long term can ensure the economic participation of women. Lasting solutions is what we need, not short term regulations.

As you can see, the rich North can also learn from the poor South. Because there are also underpriviledged in Belgium, unfortunally often hidden away.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Chairwoman Tulkens has anounced at the start that we celebrate the 5th anniversary of my Fund. I'm proud of the accomplishments of the past 5 years. Nice themes were proposed that always got a positive response from the social field.

It strengthens me in my conviction that in our country many are still prepared to give atention and time to improve the lives of vulnerable fellow citizens. That warms my heart.

I'm convinced that my Fund will continue with enthousiasm on the road we have chosen. New fields will be explored in future. We will bring forward themes that sometimes do not get enough atention, but deserve to stand in the spotlight. The Fund wishes to fulfill its duty in a creative and evolutive way.

I thank all members of the comity, the members here present, but also those who have collaborated with my Fund in the past. My thanks also goes to all the jurymembers who have always worked in an efficient and independant way. All of this would of course not have been posible without our chairwoman, Mrs. Tulkens, who has guided the fund successfully the past 5 years.

Further I would like to thank the king Baudouin foundation, and especially the administration of the fund, for the good caretaking of the fund.

At last I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the Belgian population who has made all of this posible by her generous gifts at the time of my marriage to prince Philippe. This way we can give a voice to those who aren't always heard.

The Fund will continue the make itself usefull in attempting to strengthen those who are vulnerable in our society.

I thank you for your atention.

purple_platinum 12-12-2005 12:11 PM

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Belgium's Prince Philippe (R) and Remo Pellichero (C), CEO of SABCA, inaugurate the new Airbus A380 assembly hall, Monday 12 December 2005 in Brussels. Belgian company Sabca is specialized in aerospace design, manufacturing and customer support.
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selminha 12-12-2005 04:31 PM

That the Princess Mathilde does not go to the christmas concert this year.:confused:

Mette2 12-12-2005 07:01 PM

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Firstly, thank you fanletizia and purple_platinum for the current pictures of Philippe.:) It's nice to have picture of him whenever he's out on royal duties. Also thank you Cathérine for telling about Philippe's visit to Limburg.:)

Secondly, there are a few more pictures of Mathilde handing out her prize on December 6th. The pictures are from picturedesk/contrast.
Thank you for the speech from this event Cathérine.:)

Emily 12-12-2005 09:21 PM

I have been away for the past several days -- so just want to say many thanks for the pictures and translation of Mathilde's speech when she handed out the award in her name. And, although it is a different thread, thanks too for the photos and commentary about Emmanuelle's baptism -- a beautiful ceremony. Does anyone know when we can next expect to see Mathilde?

Sancia 12-13-2005 08:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Emily
I have been away for the past several days -- so just want to say many thanks for the pictures and translation of Mathilde's speech when she handed out the award in her name. And, although it is a different thread, thanks too for the photos and commentary about Emmanuelle's baptism -- a beautiful ceremony. Does anyone know when we can next expect to see Mathilde?

It's Emmanuel, not Emmanuelle, which is a girl name.

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-13-2005 04:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Emily
Does anyone know when we can next expect to see Mathilde?

Today (Dec. 13) she visited a Fabergé exposition in Brussels, together with queen Paola. I haven't seen any pictures yet.

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-13-2005 04:10 PM

... and I bet she 'll be visiting her two new little nephews soon :):)

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-14-2005 02:36 PM

Philippe & Mathilde visit their new nephews Nicolas & Emeric in hospital.

That cardigan looks so good on Mathilde!

Belga.

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Emily 12-14-2005 02:47 PM

Thank you so much for the information and the photos, Catherine! Isn't that a great cardigan? Quite eyecatching. Did Gabriel go to see his new cousins, too or just Elisabeth? Love seeing this family!

selminha 12-14-2005 04:45 PM

Thank you for the photos and the explanation, Catherine!

fanletizia 12-16-2005 10:36 AM

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Friday 16 December 2005. Prince Philippe attend a working meeting and visit the laboratory of research and development.

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selminha 12-16-2005 01:09 PM

Does anyone know when we can see next espect to see Mathilde?:) ;)

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-17-2005 06:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Emily
Thank you so much for the information and the photos, Catherine! Isn't that a great cardigan? Quite eyecatching. Did Gabriel go to see his new cousins, too or just Elisabeth? Love seeing this family!

It was just Elisabeth. It was Wednesday around noon, so I expect they picked her up from school and then drove to the hospital.

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Emily 12-17-2005 06:42 PM

I always enjoy seeing the pictures of this family. Thank you so much Catherine.

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-18-2005 06:34 AM

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Originally Posted by selminha
Does anyone know when we can see next espect to see Mathilde?:) ;)

Apparently she won't be present at the christmas concert in a few days.

I think she'll really start working again after the christmas holidays, when Elisabeth goes back to school, so beginning of January.

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-18-2005 07:10 AM

If you would like to send your christmas wishes to Philippe & Mathilde, and get a special christmas card (with photo) back, the address is :

The Duke and Duchess of Brabant
Rue Bréderode, 16
1000 Brussels

Emily 12-18-2005 11:36 AM

Thank you for that information, Catherine. I have a question, for some reason I thought there was an event on the 16th that PM was going to attend, although I can't recall what it was or where I read it. Does anyone have more information? I'm also sorry we won't see her at the concert but in many of the photos, I think she still looks very tired so I am not surprised. I have heard from friends that the difference between having two children and having three - or more - is the biggest change because you realize you don't have enough hands and have "lost control" in the sense that there are things you have to let slide -- wondering if they are feeling overwhelmed, despite the nanny!

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-18-2005 02:12 PM

I think the event the 16th was the visit in Brussels to an exposition of Fabergé eggs. She went there with Paola.
On the site of the monarchy it says that it was a private event, so maybe that's why there are no pictures. I didn't see anything on the Belgian royalty programs about it either.

I thought Mathilde already looked less tired on the photos where she's visiting Claire in hospital, but it must be tiring having 3 small children of course, even with the help from a nanny, because I know Mathilde & Philippe like to do as much as posible themselves. In the evening the nanny goes home and it's 'just' the 5 of them. She's still breastfeeding Emmanuel as well.

selminha 12-19-2005 01:03 PM

Thank you so much for the information, Cathérine.:)

Tinika 12-22-2005 08:46 AM

I think Philippe gets more and more handsome as he ages.

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-22-2005 04:24 PM

On the 10th of January 2006 Philippe & Mathilde will visit Crédal, the organisation that won this year's princess Mathilde prize.

crisiñaki 12-23-2005 12:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Tinika
I think Philippe gets more and more handsome as he ages.

I couldn't agree more!!! :D

Emily 12-23-2005 02:06 AM

Catherine, thanks for that date -- I'll make a note to myself! I was wondering if they would make any special Christmas Eve appearances like they did last year? Any ideas? I also wonder if you know where the royal family spends Christmas -- are they (the whole RF) necessarily all together or does Mathilde go to her parents home?

selminha 12-23-2005 06:35 AM

Cathérine, knows when is that the school in January starts? :) Merry Christmas to you.;)

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-23-2005 01:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Emily
Catherine, thanks for that date -- I'll make a note to myself! I was wondering if they would make any special Christmas Eve appearances like they did last year? Any ideas? I also wonder if you know where the royal family spends Christmas -- are they (the whole RF) necessarily all together or does Mathilde go to her parents home?

I know nothing about any special appearance, but I believe last year it wasn't anounced either (Mathilde spent christmas eve with the poor who got a free diner in a church in Antwerp & Philippe was with the Belgian soldiers in Afghanistan).

As to where they spend christmas. I think they probably do like the rest of the Belgians : a day at Philippe's family and a day at Mathilde's. They (the entire family) is very close to the Luxemburg grandducal family, so I expect they meet up for christmas as well.

Philippe and Mathilde (with the children) also go skiing each year, but that could also be during the easter holidays, or another time.

Cathérine Bergeyck 12-23-2005 01:34 PM

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Originally Posted by selminha
Cathérine, knows when is that the school in January starts? :) Merry Christmas to you.;)

I have no idea...I'm not at school anymore and I don't have any children yet. It's just when I see the shopping streets invaded by masses of people that I notice there are holidays :)

Merry christmas to you too!

pollyemma 12-23-2005 01:37 PM

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I have no idea...I'm not at school anymore and I don't have any children yet.

i agree. its a whole different world when you're working.

Lila Rose 12-23-2005 01:41 PM

school begins at 9 january;)

martha-louise 12-23-2005 04:36 PM

I thought to remember that in the Special about Philippe and Mathilde 2003 that in a short interview Philippe said he had arranged something, it was a surprise for Mathilde on Christmass eve. On what Mathilde said that it is a great joy to have surprises in life.
I might be wrong, I should take a new look.

Emily 12-23-2005 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by martha-louise
I thought to remember that in the Special about Philippe and Mathilde 2003 that in a short interview Philippe said he had arranged something, it was a surprise for Mathilde on Christmass eve. On what Mathilde said that it is a great joy to have surprises in life.
I might be wrong, I should take a new look.

I don't know about Christmas Eve surprises, but I believe Philippe was asked what he was doing for their fifth wedding anniversary last year and he said then that he was planning a surprise for his wife. Also, Catherine, thank you for the responses to my questions. I also want to take this time to express my heartfelt thanks to all who post pictures and answer questions and otherwise contribute to my understanding of the Belgian Royal Family. In particular, I wish to single out Catherine for extra thanks -- your knowledge and willingness to answer my endless questions are greatly appreciated! I so much enjoy the integrity of the information exchanged and the polite discourse that goes on in the BRF threads. A Merry Christmas to all of you and wishes for health and happiness in 2006!

Hannelore 12-24-2005 06:26 AM

I remember from the interview that Mathilde said Filip was always planning surprises for her. She sort of patted him on the shoulder and said "This one here loves surprises" :) But can't remember what occasion they were refering to then...

leanne 12-26-2005 12:49 AM

:) Can I also express my thanks to all who post news and photos of Prince Filip and Princess Mathilde. It is just wonderful.
Merry Christmas from Australia!!

selminha 01-05-2006 02:23 PM

I am with homesicknesses to see the Mathilde!!!!!

Eliza 01-05-2006 11:43 PM

it's been very quiet on the belgian front....i getting redrawal symptom....missing pics of the lovely CP Mathilde

Danielle 01-06-2006 12:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Eliza
it's been very quiet on the belgian front....i getting redrawal symptom....missing pics of the lovely CP Mathilde

Me too. Royal news seems to go through periods where one minute you're inundated with fantastic articles/photos, and then shortly afterwards you have nothing.

Cathérine Bergeyck 01-06-2006 07:04 AM

The schoolholidays are always a very quiet period. The Belgian royals take holidays then as well.

Cathérine Bergeyck 01-06-2006 07:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Cathérine Bergeyck
On the 10th of January 2006 Philippe & Mathilde will visit Crédal, the organisation that won this year's princess Mathilde prize.

And the same day, in the evening, they will be present at the remembrance service in Brussels for their aunt, Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxemburg, who died a year ago.

selminha 01-06-2006 01:11 PM

That's great! :) Thank you Cathérine.:) :)

Hannelore 01-07-2006 02:02 PM

Here's a very short video where you can see Mathilde & Filip.

It's about the "mattentaart" a traditional (and yummie) kind of cake from Geraardsbergen in Flanders, that's been officially ackowledged as a regional product, meaning that it can only be produced in a certain region, else it can't bear the name mattentaart (like feta cheese, champagne etc.) In the video you can also see F&M eating this cake.

http://www.vtm.be/nieuws/index_bekijkonline.htm go to "zaterdag 07/01", 13u, at 6:45.

Ok, it's short, but it's something in these difficult times for us ;);)

Hannelore 01-10-2006 01:14 AM

During the X-mas holidays F&M and the 3 children have been on holiday at the Italian riviera on the yacht of the king and the queen. Today they start working again and the kids go back to school.

Danielle 01-10-2006 01:29 AM

Thank you very much for the news and the video, Hannelore. It must be pretty hard eating with all those cameras shoved in your face. :p I hope they and the children had a nice holiday.

Lila Rose 01-10-2006 03:02 AM

In my newspaper I saw photos of Mathilde , Philip and Little Emmanuel on their holiday in Italy , very cute the way Philip hold his son !:)

Hannelore 01-10-2006 03:51 AM

In today's het Laatste Nieuws there are two pics: one of Filip holding Emmanuel, well tucked in in a warm clear blue coat with hood (you can't see his face, just the back) and one of Filip & Mathilde strolling through Portofino. Mathilde is wearing red pants with a print, her thick brown coat and sunglasses. Looking very casual and relaxed.

Paola and Albert were with them a few days, there's a pic of Albert in a red pullover, with his camera around his neck.

They were there with Albert & Paola's yaght, the Alpa. Albert & Paola were mostly seen in the village, whilst Filip & Mathilde prefered to get some sunshine on deck most of the time. Their 3 kids were with them.

Emily 01-10-2006 10:14 AM

Thank you for the information, Hannelore! Can you post the picture or is it a violation of copyright laws?

pollyemma 01-10-2006 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Lila Rose
In my newspaper I saw photos of Mathilde , Philip and Little Emmanuel on their holiday in Italy , very cute the way Philip hold his son !:)

did they spend christmas there?

purple_platinum 01-10-2006 10:30 AM

Can we please see screencaps from the video and scans from the newspaper, Hannelore?
it would be lovely... thank you so much!

purple_platinum 01-10-2006 11:09 AM

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Tuesday, 10 January 2006
COURT-SAINT-ETIENNE, BELGIUM: Belgium's Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde visit Apides carpenter company in Court-Saint-Etienne.

(photos from belgapic)

fanletizia 01-10-2006 12:19 PM

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LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE, BELGIUM: Belgium's Princess Mathilde pictured as she and Prince Philippe had a working meeting in Credal in Louvain-La-Neuve on Micro-Credit, Tuesday 10 January 2006

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selminha 01-10-2006 12:33 PM

Great pictures, thanks.;) ;) She is looking as elegant and radiant as always.:) :)

Lila Rose 01-10-2006 01:15 PM

Mathilde looks great !

pollyemma 01-10-2006 02:51 PM

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Mathilde looks great !

i agree! has she cut her hair shorter?

Jelka 01-10-2006 02:55 PM

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pollyemma 01-10-2006 03:00 PM

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thanks so much!!!! its great to see her "back on the job."

Royal Fan 01-10-2006 03:01 PM

she looks spectacular

pollyemma 01-10-2006 03:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Royal Fan
she looks spectacular

indeed she does. though I'm hoping for more photos of her with the new baby. I cant wait to see which of his parents he'll take after.

Emily 01-10-2006 03:33 PM

Aaaah -- they're back! Great photos -- thanks to all of you who have posted! I have a question -- Mathilde always wears the same bracelet on her right hand except for very formal occasions. Does anyone know what is on the bracelet, who gave it to her, who made it? On occasion it has looked like there might be red stones (?rubies or perhaps ?garnets for her birthday month) in it but at other times, I'm not certain. Anyone who has info, I'd enjoy hearing about it. Thanks again for all the photos.

Cathérine Bergeyck 01-10-2006 03:35 PM

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Today princess Mathilde and prince Philippe visited Crédal, the winner of the princess Mathilde prize 2005 in Louvain la Neuve. After a workmeeting in the building of this cooperative for alternative financing, the couple went to Apides in Court Saint Etienne, that benefited from the financing Crédal provided. In this carpenter company people who haven't had much education can be trained to becaome a carpenter.

Belga

Maxie 01-10-2006 03:35 PM

Yay, they're back! And Mathilde looks great, as usual! Thanks to all who posted the pictures... :)

Cathérine Bergeyck 01-10-2006 03:51 PM

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from newscom, getty

pollyemma 01-10-2006 03:54 PM

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from newscom, getty

her brown coat is to die for. her hair is also really well done today. better than usual.

Emily 01-10-2006 03:58 PM

Is it cold in Brussels today? Everyone in the photos looks very bundled up! Catherine the pictures are fantastic. I'm enjoying all of them. At risk of sounding 'greedy' are there also photos of them at the Mass for GDJC tonight?

pollyemma 01-10-2006 04:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Emily
Is it cold in Brussels today? Everyone in the photos looks very bundled up! Catherine the pictures are fantastic. I'm enjoying all of them. At risk of sounding 'greedy' are there also photos of them at the Mass for GDJC tonight?

oh gosh! i hope its not cold! i'm moving there in 3 weeks and I would love some nice spring weather. ah well, what can you expect from northern europe?

Cathérine Bergeyck 01-10-2006 04:11 PM

It was freezing cold today, very cold wind.

The photos of the mass will be later today I guess, it was only at 17.00, it always takes a while before we get to see the photos.

pollyemma 01-10-2006 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Cathérine Bergeyck
It was freezing cold today, very cold wind.
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oh dear! and it's too late to cancel my flight!

oh well. hopefully i'll get to see Mathilde in person some time.they seem to conduct many of their activities in brussels.

Emily 01-10-2006 04:20 PM

Thank you, Catherine, it really looked cold.

Cathérine Bergeyck 01-10-2006 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Emily
Aaaah -- they're back! Great photos -- thanks to all of you who have posted! I have a question -- Mathilde always wears the same bracelet on her right hand except for very formal occasions. Does anyone know what is on the bracelet, who gave it to her, who made it? On occasion it has looked like there might be red stones (?rubies or perhaps ?garnets for her birthday month) in it but at other times, I'm not certain. Anyone who has info, I'd enjoy hearing about it. Thanks again for all the photos.

http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...3&d=1094334837

Do you mean this one? She's been wearing it since her engagement, but she was a complete stranger before that time, so I don't know if she already had it or not. She wears this bracelet very often. It's got stones in different colors: green , blue, red ... Princess Máxima has something similar I've noticed.

Mette2 01-10-2006 05:02 PM

Thank you to everyone who have posted pictures.:) They're simply wonderful. It's great to see Mathilde again, and she looks beautiful as always. Her outfit looks really great. It's great to see Philippe too of course.;)
Nice to hear what they did during the holidays with their trip to Italy. Wish they'd been in Portofino when I was there last year during the Summer.;) I hope someone is able to scan the pictures from the newspaper, because it would sure be appreciated.:)

Emily 01-10-2006 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Cathérine Bergeyck
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...3&d=1094334837

Do you mean this one? She's been wearing it since her engagement, but she was a complete stranger before that time, so I don't know if she already had it or not. She wears this bracelet very often. It's got stones in different colors: green , blue, red ... Princess Máxima has something similar I've noticed.

Yes, that is the one. I am intrigued by it -- wondering if the stones are significant for birthday months or if they were just put there for the pretty combination. I have also noticed Maxima has one but wasn't sure if they were identical and, therefore, perhaps a popular bracelet in northern Europe, or what. Perhaps it will remain a mystery - but thanks for the photo and follow-up - that is indeed the bracelet.

pollyemma 01-10-2006 05:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Emily
Yes, that is the one. I am intrigued by it -- wondering if the stones are significant for birthday months or if they were just put there for the pretty combination. I have also noticed Maxima has one but wasn't sure if they were identical and, therefore, perhaps a popular bracelet in northern Europe, or what. Perhaps it will remain a mystery - but thanks for the photo and follow-up - that is indeed the bracelet.

I had noticed that too. I wonder if she and Maxima went shopping together some time and bought them.

or is it just another example of the surprising phenomenon of Mathilde's and Maxima's choosing the same things to wear.

crisiñaki 01-10-2006 05:47 PM

http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...4&d=1136922414
Phillippe looks so handsome in this pic:)


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