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Battle of Messines Centenary Commemorated by Prince William and Princess Astrid

  June 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm by

At the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines, Belgium on Wednesday, the Duke of Cambridge and Princess Astrid of Belgium commemorated 100 years of the Battle of Messines Ridge. The Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kelly, was also present. The Battle was the first where Irish soldiers from both the Unionist and Nationalists sides fought side-by-side. Prince William and Princess Astrid attended the commemoration service, before laying wreaths at the Round Tower in memory of … Continue reading

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On the Mend: Queen Paola Makes First Official Appearance Since Hip Surgery

  May 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm by

At the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken on Wednesday, Queen Paola of Belgium had her first official public engagement since she underwent hip surgery in February. She was joined by her daughter, Princess Astrid, for the diploma presentation of the Queen Paola Prize for Teaching. The awards are presented yearly under a different theme by La Fondation Reine Paola. This year’s theme was ‘Science, Math and Techno: A Key to Our Future!’ and is awarded … Continue reading

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The Running Princess: Astrid Completes Brussels 20km

  May 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm by

Belgium’s Princess Astrid took part in the 38th annual Brussels 20km on Sunday, completing the marathon in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 52 seconds. 40,000 runners took part in this year’s race; which Princess Astrid ran for as an ambassador for the Belgian Paralympic Team. After she crossed the finish line, Astrid was congratulated by two of her daughters, Princesses Maria Laura and Laetitia Maria. The Princess was also responsible for … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Attend Palace Christmas Concert

  December 21, 2016 at 7:02 pm by

Members of the Belgian Royal Family today attended the annual Christmas concert held at the Royal Palace in Brussels to mark the holiday season and thank the royal court staff for their work throughout the year. King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, the Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, Princess Eléonore, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz were all present for the concert, which saw performances by the La Monnaie Du Munt … Continue reading

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The King’s Feast Celebrated In Belgium

  November 15, 2016 at 12:49 pm by

The annual Fête du Roi celebrations were held in Belgium today, with members of the royal family attending a Te Deum service at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels. King Albert, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Prince Laurent all attended the service, before greeting well-wishers outside the cathedral. It was then over to the parliament building where they listened to speeches from senior politicians. As per tradition, … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Receive The Country’s Rio 2016 Athletes

  October 26, 2016 at 10:51 am by

Today, Wednesday October 26, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde along with Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid, held a reception at the Royal Palace of Laeken for the athletes of the Olympic and Paralympic Teams that competed and won a medal during the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Belgian athletes won 6 Olympic and 11 Paralympic medals in Rio. The Royal Couple and Princess Astrid posed with the … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Enjoy An Autumn Concert

  October 19, 2016 at 10:30 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians attended the annual Autumn Concert which was held at the Royal Palace in Brussels this evening. Joining the couple were Princess Astrid and her husband Prince Lorenz. This year’s theme was a tribute to the commitment of young volunteers for a better society in a wide range of areas like education, human rights, culture and sports. Embed from Getty Images

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Concert Begins National Day Celebrations in Belgium

  July 20, 2016 at 7:54 pm by

Belgium’s National Day celebrations began this evening with the annual ‘Prelude to National Day’ concert. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were joined by Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts for the concert, which included performances by the Belgian National Orchestra and a 2011 laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. The Queen looked lovely in a midnight blue cocktail dress with a silver thread … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid’s Car Robbed Near Paris: 2000 Euros Stolen

  June 5, 2016 at 3:28 am by

Princess Astrid of Belgium, sister of King Philippe, has become the victim of a car robbery. This was reported by the newspaper Le Parisien yesterday. The car robbery happened on Friday afternoon when the Princess was stuck in a traffic jam on the highway near Aubervilliers, north of Paris. With her in the Mercedes car were her husband Prince Lorenz and one of their daughters. Robbers broke a window of … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family Remembers Victims of Brussels Attacks

  May 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm by

Exactly two months after the Brussels attacks on March 22nd, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended a ceremony in the royal palace of Brussels to commemorate the victims and to pay tribute to the emergency services. The monarchs were joined by King Albert II, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire and 500 guests. In his speech the king said that it should not be forgotten … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: An Engagement in Belgium

  May 13, 2016 at 10:00 am by

May 13, 1984: Princess Astrid of Belgium and Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este announced their engagement, before posing for the press in the gardens of Chateau Belvédère, Brussels. The couple were married that September and have five children: Amedeo, Maria Laura, Joachim, Luisa Maria and Laetitia Maria.

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Flashback Friday: Princess Paola in Rome with Her Children

  April 8, 2016 at 9:00 am by

April 8, 1969: Paola, Princess of Liège and her two eldest children, Prince Philippe (aged 8, just days before his 9th birthday) and Princess Astrid (aged 7), during a visit to Rome. This photo is taken outside the home of Paola’s mother, the Dowager Princess Ruffo di Calabria.

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Princess Astrid Visits Indonesia, Meets with President

  March 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm by

Belgium’s Princess Astrid is currently on an economic mission to Indonesia with a number of government ministers, and she has met with both the country’s President and Vice-President. On the second day of the visit, Astrid attended an “Best of Belgium” food and gastronomy event and also met with Vice-President Jusuf Kalla. Small country, great food! Belgian show cooking event #BEmissionIDN in Jakarta. pic.twitter.com/Vdvg4gSlQs — Belgium MFA (@BelgiumMFA) March 14, … Continue reading

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Tiara Surprise: State Banquet in Brussels

  March 10, 2016 at 7:22 am by

Tiara events are rare in Belgium, but on Tuesday there was a State Banquet taking place at the Palace of Laeken in honor of the State Visit made by German President Joachim Gauck. Queen Mathilde reverted to her first own tiara, the laurel wreath tiara which she received as a wedding present from the Belgian nobility. This early 20th century jewel was the only tiara that the present Queen wore … Continue reading

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German President Arrives for Belgian State Visit

  March 8, 2016 at 9:48 pm by

The German President Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt have begun a three-day State Visit to Belgium today, Tuesday March 8. Upon their arrival at the airport in Brussels, they were greeted by Didier Reynders, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Afterwards the President and Mrs Schadt were officially received by Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in the courtyard of the Royal Palace. The King with President Gauck inspected the guard … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Are Looking For Balance

  January 29, 2016 at 3:51 am by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of The Belgians continued their never-ending circle of New Years receptions. Yesterday they received the Belgian authorities at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Princess Astrid and her husband Lorenz also attended the reception. Unsurprisingly absent were Prince Laurent and his wife and King Albert II and Queen Paola. Prince Laurent has significantly decreased his number of public events since his annual dotation has been lowered. … Continue reading

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King’s Feast Celebrated in Belgium

  November 15, 2015 at 7:54 pm by

The annual King’s Feast celebration has taken place in Belgium today, with King Albert, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attending the Te Deum at the Cathédrale des Saints-Michel-et-Gudule. Security was heightened due to the recent attacks in Paris, but that didn’t stop the royal family from greeting the crowd of one hundred that waited outside the cathedral once the service, led by Archbishop André-Jospeh Léonard, which honours the Belgian … Continue reading

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Princesses Anne and Astrid Unveil Edith Cavell Memorial

  October 12, 2015 at 2:17 pm by

The Princess Royal today paired up with Belgium’s Princess Astrid to unveil a memorial honouring a British nurse executed during the First World War, Edith Cavell. A bust of Nurse Cavell designed by Belgian sculptor Natalie Lambert was unveiled at Montjoie Park in Uccle, a suburb of Brussels, by the two Princesses and the Mayor of Uccle, Armand De Decker, before attending a special session of the Belgian Senate to honour the 100th anniversary … Continue reading

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Belgian National Day

  July 21, 2015 at 7:49 pm by

On Monday July 20, the Belgian Royal Family started the celebrations for the Belgian National Day. In the evening, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde along with Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attended the concert “Prelude to National Day” hosted by the National Orchestra of Belgium at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. View image | gettyimages.com In the morning of the National Day, July 21, King Philippe and Queen … Continue reading

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200th Anniversary of Waterloo Commemorations Begin in Belgium

  June 17, 2015 at 6:56 pm by

Commemorations marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo begun today in Belgium, where King Philippe and Queen Mathilde hosted a dinner for the descendants of the battle’s main commanders. Attending were Prince Jean-Christoph Napoleon, the Marquess and Marchioness of Douro, Prince Nicolaus Blücher and his son and daughter-in-law, Prince Pieter-Christiaan of the Netherlands, and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg. View image | gettyimages.com Earlier in the day, … Continue reading

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