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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in Hasselt

  September 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm by

On Tuesday September 24th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Hasselt in the Province of Limbourg. The Royal Couple arrived at 11 o’clock and were welcomed by Governor Herman Reynders in the Provincial House where they signed the Golden Book. After being presented to deputies, mayors and 120 invited guests, the King and the Queen met a delegation of Ford workers who are losing their job following the closure of the … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in Mons

  September 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm by

On Tuesday September 17th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Mons in the Province of Hainaut. Arriving in Mons at 11:00, the Royal Couple were welcomed at the Provincial Palace by the Mayor of Mons, Elio Di Rupo, the Governor of the Province of Hainaut, Tommy Leclercq and the Walloon Minister-President Rudy Demotte. At the Town Hall, the King and the Queen signed the Golden Book of the Province and … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in Wavre

  September 13, 2013 at 1:32 am by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde on Tuesday September 10th visited Wavre in the Province of Walonian-Brabant. At the arrival in Wavre, the Royal Couple were welcomed in the Town Hall by the Mayor Charles Michel and the Governor Marie-José Laloy. After signing the guestbook, the King and the Queen went to the streets of Wavre to take a walk and be greeted by the people. During the walk the Royal … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde’s Visits to the Provinces

  September 8, 2013 at 6:55 am by

On Friday September 6th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde started their visits to the Provinces in Leuven, Province of Flemish-Brabant Having arrived in the morning, the Royal Couple were greeted by Governor Lodewijk De Witte and Mayor Louis Tobback at the Town Hall, where an official reception took place and where they met authorities of welfare, culture, business and sports. Then the King and the Queen went for a walk … Continue reading

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Belgian King Takes Son to Hockey Championships

  August 18, 2013 at 2:43 am by

The Red Panthers and the Red Lions (the Belgian national hockey teams) had a royal cheer squad for their first pool matches in the EuroHockey Nations Championships yesterday, as King Philippe and his elder son Gabriel attended both the women’s and men’s games. King Philippe and Prince Gabriel meet with the Panthers (the female team) before their match, after listening to the team sing an acapella version of the Belgian … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family Attend Anniversary Mass for King Baudouin

  August 2, 2013 at 5:09 am by

Members of the Belgian Royal Family attended an anniversary mass at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula in Brussels on July 31st. The mass marked the 20th year since the death of the beloved King Baudouin in 1993. Attending the mass were King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, and Prince Laurent and his wife, Princess Claire. Following the mass, members … Continue reading

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Belgian Photo Session in France

  July 25, 2013 at 6:28 am by

Following his installation at King of the Belgians this past Sunday, King Philippe and his family have headed to France for their summer vacation. The King, his wife Mathilde, and their four children – Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore – posed for photographers yesterday to mark the beginning of their vacation in L’Ile d’Yeu, Vendee, an island just off western France. The family was photographed biking and … Continue reading

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King Albert Hosts Reception for Prime Ministers

  July 11, 2013 at 6:22 am by

King Albert II yesterday hosted a reception at the Royal Palace of Laeken for the Prime Ministers who have served during his reign. Jean-Luc Dehaene, Guy Verhofstadt, Yves Leterme, Herman Van Rompuy and Elio Di Rupo joined the King, Queen Paola, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde for apéritifs in the palace’s rotunda before heading inside for a quick photo session and a lunch. As he arrived to the palace, Mr Leterme … Continue reading

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Belgium To Have A New Monarch

  July 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm by

Come July 21st, Belgium will have a new monarch – King Philippe. King Albert II, the current monarch, announced his pending abdication earlier this evening, Belgian time, in a live address to the nation. The King cited health issues and his age as reasons for his decision. “I am at an age never attained by predecessors. My age and health no longer allow me to carry out my duties as I … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander & Máxima Host Heirs in Apeldoorn

  March 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm by

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima were the hosts of the heirs to the thrones of Europe this past weekend, at Castle ‘t Oude Loo in Apeldoorn. The weekend is likely to be the final time all the couples are together as counterparts, as the Prince Willem-Alexander will become monarch on April 30. Present were Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Hereditary Grand … Continue reading

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Belgian Economic Mission to Japan, Days Five and Six

  June 18, 2012 at 12:26 am by

While the Princess Mathilde took a flight to come back in Belgium, Prince Philippe started his fifth day in Japan, on June 14, visiting the Panasonic Center, the multinational electronics corporation. At the Panasonic Headquarters in Osaka the Prince, along with Belgian Ministers, discovered the newest technologies of Panasonic, including the new 3D technology. Prince Philippe also attended the signing ceremony of the collaboration agreement between Panasonic and Imec, a … Continue reading

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Belgian Economic Mission to Japan, Days Three and Four

  June 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm by

On the third day of the Economic Mission to Japan, June 12, Crown Prince Philippe attended the inauguration of the collaboration between GSK Vaccines and Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical at the Japan Vaccine Company Head Office. GSK Vaccines is specialized in the research, development and production of innovative prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines. Then the Prince had lunch at the Keidanren Head Office, the Japan Business Federation, when he attended meetings with … Continue reading

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Belgian Economic Mission to Japan, Days One and Two

  June 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm by

The Crown Prince Couple’s economic mission started on June 10th, when Prince Philippe visited EXPO 2010 in Yesu, South Korea. He was there to represent the King. The Prince, accompanied by the Belgian delegation and two Ministers, visited pavilions with chocolate, diamonds and fries during the Belgian Day. The Prince was also there to support and promote the candidacy of the city of Liege for the exhibition of 2017. The … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Commemorate Dead in Laeken

  February 16, 2012 at 9:39 am by

Earlier today in Laeken, the Belgian Royal Family were present at the annual mass commemorating the deceased members of the family. The mass took place at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk in Dutch, Eglise Notre-Dame in French). The entire royal family was present – King Albert II and Queen Paola, their children and their spouses, Queen Fabiola, who was accompanied by Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Princess Léa … Continue reading

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Economic Mission to China, October 20-October 29

  November 3, 2011 at 2:09 am by

Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde went for the third time on economic mission to China between October 20 and October 29, following their economic missions in 2004 and 2007. The couple started their visit in Beijing, where Prince Philippe met with Vice Premier Wang Qishan (Pic) and Princess Mathilde visited the Beijing Dance Academy (Pic). On the second day, Mathilde visited the 6th Sense-Potter’s Wheel Academy in Beijing, the tennis … Continue reading

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The Royals and Ground Zero: 9/11 Ten Years On

  September 11, 2011 at 6:38 am by

It was the moment which caused the world to stand still – 08:46 local time, September 11th, 2001, New York City. The World Trade Centre’s North Tower is hit by an American Airlines flight from Boston, en route to Los Angeles. The words “hijacking”, “terrorism” and “9/11″ are from that moment forever imprinted in the minds of the world’s population. Less than twenty minutes later, it becomes clear that this … Continue reading

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First Speech for Princess Elisabeth

  September 9, 2011 at 3:04 am by

Princess Elisabeth (9) opened, together with her parents Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, the new children’s hospital ‘Princess Elisabeth’ in Gent on September 7. For this first official engagement of the Princess, 10 camera crews and more then 40 journalists showed up. The little Princess received flowers from a namesake, followed by a tour around the hospital. The big moment of the day for Elisabeth was her first speech saying, … Continue reading

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Back to School for the Belgian Youngsters

  September 2, 2011 at 8:25 am by

September 1st is traditionally the first day of school in Belgium. The children of Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, and also the youngest daughter of Princess Astrid, go to school at the ‘Sint Jan Berghmans College’ in Brussels. This is a Flemish Jesuit school, where all classes are given in Dutch (except the language courses). The Brabant’s oldest childern, Princess Elisabeth (5th grade of elementary school), Prince Gabriel (3rd grade) … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family – July Events

  August 1, 2011 at 9:53 am by

A not so quiet July for the Belgian Royal Family; July 7th – Princess Mathilde visited the”Villa Rozerood” in De Panne, a holiday and care center for seriously ill children and their families. July 7th – King Albert attended the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the biscuit factory “Biscuiterie Jules Destrooper” in Lo. July 15th – Queen Paola attended the world premiere of the theatre play of Umberto Eco’s … Continue reading

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Belgian National Day – 21st July 2011

  August 1, 2011 at 6:50 am by

Belgium’s National Day is set on the 21st July, as that is when Leopold I of Belgium took the oath making him the first King of the Belgians in 1831. After Belgium asserted its independence from the Netherlands on 4 October 1830, the Belgian National Congress considered several candidates and eventually asked Leopold to become King of the newly-formed country. He was elected on 4 June and accepted and became “King … Continue reading

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