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Chinese State Visit to Belgium

  April 2, 2014 at 12:24 am by

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Mrs Peng Liyuan, started a three day state visit to Belgium on March 30. The President and his wife arrived at the Zaventem Airport in Brussels in the morning, and were welcomed at the airport by Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo. Then, outside the Royal Palace, took place the welcoming ceremony at the presence of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde. After a performace … Continue reading

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Belgian Introductory Visit to Germany

  February 18, 2014 at 11:39 pm by

On February 17th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde made an introductory visit to Germany. The Royal Couple, accompanied by Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, arrived in Berlin at around 11 o’clock. At their arrival in the German capital, they went to the Bellevue Palace. Outside the Presidential Palace, the King and the Queen were greeted by the German President, Joachim Gauck, and the First Lady, … Continue reading

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Guillaume & Stéphanie Visit the European Parliament

  April 18, 2013 at 8:53 am by

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg yesterday paid a visit to the seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and his wife Stéphanie were invited to the Parliament by its President, Martin Schulz, who greeted the couple and showed them around the building. The couple signed the guest book to mark their visit, and were told of how the Parliament functions. A luncheon with … Continue reading

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Nobel Peace Prize 2012

  December 11, 2012 at 8:34 am by

On December 10th – the day Alfred Nobel died in 1896 – the Nobel Peace Prize 2012 was awarded to the European Union in Oslo City Hall. King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the award ceremony. The three presidents of the EU – the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President … Continue reading

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Princess Laurentien involved in Literacy and Education

  September 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm by

Princess Laurentien, as chairwoman of the High Level Expert Group on Literacy and UNESCO Special Envoy for Literacy, is often very interested about Literacy, Culture and Education. After returning from the Book Fair in China, attended other two events related to Literacy. On September 06, Princess Laurentien has visited the International School at The Hague. The Princess was accompanied by Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and … Continue reading

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Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde attended the opening session of the ‘Erasmian European Youth Parliament’

  March 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm by

On Monday March 14, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde were present in Antwerp at the opening session of the “Erasmian European Youth Parliament”. During a week, more than 150 youngsters aged 16 to 18 years from fifteen European countries will debate with politicians and executives about the participation of youth in different aspects of life. The main theme this year “Youth participation in various areas.” At the end of the … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mathilde attends International Forum in Egypt

  December 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm by

From 10 to 12 December, Princess Mathilde participated in an international forum with the theme “End Trafficking Now” in Luxor, Egypt. The Forum brought together more than 500 representatives from governments, United Nations entities, non-governmental and international organisations, the business community and civil society. It was conducted in coordination with the Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement (SMWIPM) and the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). During the … Continue reading

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Princess Lalla Meryem met Chairwoman of Bulgarian Parliament

  December 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm by

Princess Lalla Meryem, elder sister of King Mohammed VI, received on Sunday in Rabat the Chairwoman of Bulgaria’s National Assembly (parliament), Tsetska Tsacheva, who is on a working visit to Morocco. Tsacheva expressed satisfaction at the fact of being received in the beginning of her visit by Lalla Meryem which reflects the feelings of respect vis-a-vis the Bulgarian parliament and people. She said that the meeting was an opportunity to … Continue reading

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‘European Vulnerable Children’ Conference in Belgium

  November 21, 2010 at 10:55 am by

On the initiative of Queen Paola, in her capacity as Honorary President of the NGO Child Focus, an organization dedicated to finding missing children, and under the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, took place on Wednesday 17 and Thursday, November 18, 2010 a conference in the Royal Palace in Brussels with the theme “Vulnerable children on the run, a challenge for Europe.” The conference was sponsored … Continue reading

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King Mohammed VI message to the first Morocco-EU summit

  March 8, 2010 at 9:21 pm by

King Mohammed VI has sent a message to the EU-Morocco Summit in which he reaffirms his country’s pro-European commitment and advocates moving towards “an exceptional association”. The sovereign is pleased about the advanced Statute agreed on with the EU but says that it is necessary to move towards an exceptional association “of legal, institutional and contractual scope.” “That prototype for increasing closeness between the two parties would further be positively … Continue reading

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Audiences with the Grand Duke and Duchess

  January 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm by

On Wednesday, Grand Duke Henri received in audience Mr Herman van Rompuy, the President of the European Council during his working visit to Luxembourg. On the same day, his wife Grand Duchess Maria Teresa received Mme Marguerite Barankitse, the President of Shalom (‘Peace’ in English), which is a charitable organisation founded to aid the reunification of familes and the readaption of orphans and refuges back into society in Burundi, which … Continue reading

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Prince Constantijn Will Start Working For Euro Commissioner Neelie Kroes

  January 27, 2010 at 8:49 am by

Prince Constantijn of The Netherlands, youngest son of Queen Beatrix, has a new job. The prince will be working for Euro Commissioner Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda). He was hired for his experience in telecommunication and IT. At the moment the prince is the head of the Information Policy and Economics department of the RAND Institute. Here he mainly focusses on e-governance. Recently he published the report: ‘Towards a Digital Europe, … Continue reading

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Sweden passes the EU Presidency to Spain

  January 13, 2010 at 4:35 am by

On January 8, Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Asturias, attended the gala of the official handing over of the presidency of the European Union’s council from Sweden to Spain, which will be held for the next six months. The Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt, the Spanish Minister for Culture, Ángeles … Continue reading

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“Swedish Days” in Paris

  December 2, 2009 at 10:49 am by

Princess Victoria of Sweden attended the ‘Swedish Days’ in Paris on November 30th. The event was organized by the Swedish authorities in Paris due to the rotating presidency of the European Union, which is currently held by the Scandinavian country. Victoria illuminated two Swedish christmas trees that were donated to the city of Paris. They are placed outside the Hótel de Ville. Deputy Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, the head … Continue reading

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Bulgaria’s former Tsar, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, in a whirlwind of controversies

  October 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm by

Although his life was never controversy-free, Bulgaria’s former Tsar and Prime Minister found himself in the midst of not one but several allegations recently. Several Bulgarian officials threatened Simeon Saxe-Coburg with court actions because he had allegedly been given more than the double of compensation he was entitled to under the country’s restitution process. In 2003, the Bulgarian Parliament, which was controlled by Simeon’s party at the time, decided to … Continue reading

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King Albert Offers to Pay Part of Renovation Costs

  July 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm by

King Albert II of Belgium has offered the Belgian government to help them to pay for the renovation costs necessary to freshen up the Royal Palace in Brussels. The Palace will be used for the European-Asian Summit (ASEM) during the Belgian presidency of the European Union. The Belgian government will pay for the refurbishment of the Palace. Most of the works will be painting and brushing up other details. King … Continue reading

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Swedish Royals help to ring in Swedish EU Presidency

  July 2, 2009 at 8:13 am by

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were on hand for national duty and pride yesterday morning, when they helped to kick off the six-month Swedish Presidency of the European Union. Ready for the photocall, Carl Gustaf and Silvia (dressed in a vibrant orange suit) tried to descend the staircase outside the Royal Palace of Stockholm, but found the stairs already occupied by multiple government members who had been invited. … Continue reading

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Peaceful Hopes and Economic Dreams

  June 20, 2009 at 1:20 am by

HM King Abdullah is in Belgium this week, meeting with the heads of NATO in the hopes of finally finding a solution to the never ending Israeli – Palestinian Conflict. As head of the most forward thinking nation in the region, and one of the most respected and well known Heads of State in the Arab world, King Abdullah is serious about finding a peaceful solution to the conflict. Not … Continue reading

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Royals Vote In European Elections

  June 8, 2009 at 6:05 am by

Over the last few days all member states of the European Union organised elections for the European parlament. Belgium’s royal family set a good example and all adult members of the royal family were pictured while visiting the polling stations. The duke and duchess of Brabant voted at a polling station in Laeken, as did princess Astrid, her husband Lorenz and their two eldest children prince Amedeo and princess Maria … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals vote

  June 7, 2009 at 5:41 am by

Today, June 7, is Election Day in Belgium. People have to elect representatives for the European Parliament and the regional Parliaments (Flemish, Wallonian, Brussels Parliaments). In Belgium, everybody is obliged to turn up at the polling station, even though we are not obliged to vote. But since we actually have to be there, most of us vote anyway. It would be quite the waste of your Sunday Morning, if you … Continue reading

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