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Belgium Crown Prince Couple visits the Book Fair

  November 11, 2010 at 11:13 am by

On November 10, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde along with their two sons Gabriel and Emmanuel, visited the Book Fair in Antwerp. Their visit to the Book Fair was unannounced. Geert Joris, Fair Book organiser, led them round and provided some comments here and there. The prince and princess have walked a half hours around the fair and were especially interested in the booths with children’s books. The royal couple … Continue reading

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Week of Events for Belgian Crown Prince Couple

  November 1, 2010 at 11:38 am by

On Monday 25 October, Crown Prince Philippe had a meet with a delegation of the Royal Belgian Equestrian Federation.The meeting took place at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Crown Prince Philippe received Belgian jockeys who won medals at the World Equestrian Games two weeks ago in Lexington (Kentucky). The delegation was led by Jacky Buchmann, president of the Belgian Federation of Equestrian Sports. Crown Prince Philippe has congratulated all the … Continue reading

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Countess Hélène d’Udekem d’Acoz Engaged

  October 25, 2010 at 8:45 am by

The sister of Princess Mathilde, Countess Hélène d’Udekem d’Acoz, is engaged. The information was made public on the death notice of Baroness Geneviève Bracht, née de Hemptinne, where among the grandchildren were listed: Baron Nicolas Janssen and his fiancée, Countess Hélène d’Udekem d’Acoz. Is is not yet known when and where the wedding will take place. The groom’s parents are Baron Daniel Janssen and Baroness Therese Bracht. Nicholas’ maternal grandfather, … Continue reading

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Mathilde on UNAIDS Mission to Liberia

  October 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm by

Belgium’s Princess Mathilde has undertaken a United Nations Mission to Liberia. Mathilde was invited due to her role as special representative of UNICEF and UNAIDS, to raise awareness for the problems around “children and HIV/AIDS”. The mission focusses mainly on childern and women. Apart from visits to hospitals, schools and several projects, princess Mathilde was also present at the launch of the new ‘Agenda for Accelerating Country Action on Women, … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde Dame Grand Cross in the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

  June 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm by

The newspapers of Sud Presse report that last Ffriday Princess Mathilde was installed as a Dame Grand Cross in the order of the Holy Sepulchre. The ceremony happened with only a few people present. The order of the Holy Selpulchre is a prestigious Catholic order that wants to spread Catholicism in the world. the Vatican has to approve of all the new members the order is inviting. The order traces … Continue reading

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Another New Year’s Reception At Belgian Court

  January 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm by

Yesterday the Belgian royal family gathered once more in the royal palace of Brussels for the 3rd New Years reception of this month. During this reception prominent Belgian authorities and persons were invited. This reception was attended by King Albert II, Queen Paola, Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire. Among the guests were Archbisshop André-Joseph Leonard – who recently compared homosexuality to anorexia-, senate chairman Armand De … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals gather for The King’s Feast

  November 16, 2009 at 1:02 pm by

Belgian Royals celebrated The King’s Feast (Koningsfeest in Dutch and Féte du Roi in French) on November 15 – a day that has been marked by celebrations in honour of the Belgian Monarch since 1866. Crown Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Prince Laurent, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Queen Fabiola were all present. The celebrations started with a Service at Brussels Cathedral, which was attended by all members of the Royal … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mathilde discusses Women’s Rights with Sheikha Fatima, Attends Banquet

  October 29, 2009 at 8:58 pm by

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima hosted a banquet in honour of Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium. Among dignitaries present were Her Highness Sheikha Salamah bint Hamdan (wife of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces), Her Highness Sheikha Shama bint Zayed (wife of His Highness Sheikh Surur bin Mohammed Al Nahyan) and Her Highness Sheikha … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals open ‘Son of Heaven’ Exhibition

  October 9, 2009 at 11:22 am by

On October 8, the royal family, including Princess Maria Laura, daughter of Princess Astrid, attended the opening of the prestigious “Son of Heaven” exhibition at the Palace of the Fine Arts in Brussels. It is the opening exhibition of the cultural festival Europalia China. The King and Queen opened the exhibition in the presence of the Vice President of China, Xi Jinping. Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde launches European Cancer Prevention Plan

  September 29, 2009 at 3:35 pm by

Princess Mathilde attended the launch of the European Partnership to Fight Cancer in the period 2009-2013, today in Brussels, at the invitation of José Manuel Barrosso, the President of the European Commission. She was welcomed to the convention by the Commissioner for Health, Androulla Vassiliou. At the meeting, the Princess gave a speech, in which she emphasised that cancer is a widespread disease, which is very difficult to fight, but … Continue reading

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Mathilde’s Family Settles Financial Disagreement

  September 25, 2009 at 6:31 pm by

After 26 years, the feud between the d’Udekem d’Acoz family finally has been settled. The feud started 26 years ago when Mathilde’s paternal grandmother, countess Suzanne d’Outryve d’Ydewalle, died. The devision of the family fortune started fierce discussions and disagreements between her sons Henri, Raoul and Patrick, Mathilde’s father. ‘The properties and money have been devided fairly. The lawsuits are over’, count Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz told the Flemish press. He … Continue reading

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Mathilde and Maxima open Museum “M” in Leuven

  September 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm by

Today Princess Mathilde and her Dutch colleague, Princess Maxima, officially opened the new Museum M, the renovated city museum of Leuven, one of the oldest cities in the Low Countries, which hosts one of the oldest universities of Europe. The Princesses, whose names start with an M, like the name of the museum, took the time to talk to the people who had turned up to greet them. As usual … Continue reading

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Philippe, Mathilde & Victoria open exhibition

  September 10, 2009 at 8:25 am by

Yesterday, 09 Sept., Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden officially opened the exhibition, “It’s our Earth 2. From Kyoto to Copenhagen” at Tour & Taxis in Brussels. This is the new edition of the exhibition “It’s our Earth”, which focused on sustainable energy and development. Because of the great demand, the original exhibition was reopened, under the new name and with new emphasis … Continue reading

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Belgian royals out in full force to celebrate National Day

  July 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm by

The Belgian royal family was out in full force to celebrate this year’s National Day. On the evening of June 20, King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended the concert “Preludium to the National Day”, organized at the Palace of Fine Arts by the Natiolan Belgian Orchestra. The royal ladies were at their best, as usual. Princess … Continue reading

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Summer Photo Shoot with Belgian Crown Princely Family

  July 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm by

Today, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde kept a their yearly appointment with the press for a summer photo shoot with their family. This year, they took their children to an animal park called Parc Paradisio. Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore enjoyed seeing the animals from close up, which of course brought about a load of cute pictures of the young Princes and Princesses with birds, monkeys … 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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Royal Ladies at QEC 2009 Luncheon

  May 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm by

Queen Fabiola, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid and her husband, Archduke Lorenz, and Princess Claire had lunch today with the jury members of the Queen Elisabeth Competition – Violin, of which the semi-finals were performed yesterday evening. The lunch was hosted at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Queen Fabiola is the patron lady of the Competition. This year, members of the jury include Jaime Laredo and Martin Beaver. The Queen Elisabeth … Continue reading

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King Baudouin International Development Prize awarded

  May 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm by

Almost the entire Royal family was present at yesterday’s awarding ceremony of the King Baudouin International Development Prize. King Albert II of Belgium and Queen Paola hosted a luncheon and reception at the Brussels Royal Palace, and the event was also attended by Prince Philippe, Princess Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz , Princess Claire and Queen Fabiola, who still looked rather fragile after her long absence due to illness in … Continue reading

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Mathilde battles against AIDS

  May 18, 2009 at 1:52 pm by

This afternoon, Princess Mathilde participated in a colloquium at the Belgian Senate, held in honour of Dr. Peter Piot, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and current Executive Director of the UNAIDS, the programme of the UN to fight AIDS. The colloquium was entitled “Peter Piot and the battle against AIDS”. Princess Mathilde is a special representative of UNICEF/UNAIDS for orphans and other vulnerable children by cause of AIDS. … Continue reading

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