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Belgian Royal Family At The Opening Ceremony Of The Academic Year Of The Royal Military Academy

  October 9, 2020 at 3:53 pm by

Yesterday, Thursday October 8, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, along with their children, Princes Gabriel, Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore and King Albert and Queen Paola, were present at the opening ceremony of the academic year 2020-2021 of the Royal Military Academy held at the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels. It was a special event for the Royal family because the eldest daughter of King Philppe and Queen Mathilde, … Continue reading

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Delphine Boël is now officially princess of Belgium

  October 1, 2020 at 2:02 pm by

According to the Walloon public broadcaster RTBF, the Brussels Court of Appeal has ruled that Delphine Boël -extramarital daughter of King Albert II and Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps-  can now call herself Princess of Belgium. Her children Joséphine and Oscar will also receive that title. From now on they may bear the surname of ‘de Saxe-Coburg’. They can also use the prefix of “Royal Highness” and the title “Prince(ss) … Continue reading

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King Philippe Hands out the Blue Beret to Princess Elisabeth

  September 26, 2020 at 3:57 am by

Today, Friday September 25, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended the the ceremony of the presentation of the Blue Berets, a military ceremony during which the students who have passed the military initiation phase receive their blue beret. The ceremony took place in the courtyard of the Royal Military Academy. For the King, who handed out the berets to the students, was a particularly special event because, among … Continue reading

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Philippe and Mathilde Attend Concert for Van Eyck

  September 24, 2020 at 8:38 am by

On Tuesday September 22, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were in Ghent to attend the world premiere of the concert “Für Jan van Eyck” held at the St. Bavo’s Cathedral. The concert was performed by the ensemble Collegium Vocale. The piece was written by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt to mark the theme year “OMG! Van Eyck was here”, an initiative that aims to dedicate the year 2020 to … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family Celebrates National Day

  July 21, 2020 at 3:34 pm by

On Wednesday July 15, the Belgian Royal Family started the celebrations for the Belgian National Day. In the evening, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde along with Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Prince Laurent attended the concert “Prelude to National Day” held at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and organized by the Queen Elisabeth Competition. In the morning of the National Day, Tuesday July 21, King Philippe and Queen … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde in Bruges

  June 16, 2020 at 4:30 pm by

Today, Tuesday June 16, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde was in Bruges for several engagements. At the Groeninge Museum the Queen visited the exhibition “Van Eyck in Bruges”. The exhibition, organized to mark the “Van Eyck year 2020”, shows the works of the painter and also revised archival documents about the life and world of Jan van Eyck in the 15th century. The “Van Eyck year 2020” is an initiative that … Continue reading

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Princess Elisabeth Will Join the Royal Military Academy

  May 21, 2020 at 3:19 am by

Today, Wednesday May 20, the Belgian Royal Palace announced that Princess Elisabeth, the eldest daughter of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, will join the Royal Military Academy in Brussels for a one-year education. For the past two years the Princess studied at the UWC Atlantic College in Wales and on May 23 she will be officially graduated. On August 31 she is set to start a one-year … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Visit Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

  May 21, 2020 at 3:17 am by

Tuesday May 19, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium to mark the reopening of the museum after the 2 months of closure following the outbreak of COVID-19. During the visit the Royal Couple toured the exhibition of the masterpieces by Rogier van der Weyden, Petrus Christus, Dirk Bouts, Hans Memling, Hieronymus Bosch, Lucas Cranach and Gerard David. … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde visits the Province of Liège

  January 16, 2020 at 6:09 pm by

Yesterday, Wednesday January 15, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Province of Liège. King Philippe didn’t attend the visit because he went to Oman to pay his respects after the death of Sultan Qaboos and to meet the new Sultan Haitham ben Tarek. The visit started in the municipality of Lincent where the Queen, along with the governor of the Province and the mayor of the municipality, … Continue reading

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Philippe and Mathilde Celebrate Twenty Years of Marriage

  December 4, 2019 at 7:27 pm by

Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde celebrated today, December 4, their 20th wedding anniversary. The then Crown Prince Philippe announced his engagement to Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz on September 10, 1999. The couple married on December 4 in both civil and religious ceremonies. The civil ceremony was held at Brussels Town Hall followed by the religious ceremony the Cathedral of St Michel and St Gudule at the presence of 1200 … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde Receives BAMBI Award

  November 22, 2019 at 9:48 am by

Yesterday, Thursday November 21, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde received the Charity BAMBI Award “for her many years of dedication and personal contribution to the debate on sustainable development and her commitment to social and humanitarian goals”. The ceremony took place at the Festspielhaus opera and concert house in Baden-Baden, Germany, and was broadcasted live on the German TV channel “Das Erste”. In her speech the Queen thanked the organisers for … Continue reading

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Belgian king and Queen visit the Province of West Flanders

  November 6, 2019 at 6:44 pm by

Today, Wednesday November 6, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Province of West Flanders. The first stop was in the municipality of Ruiselede where they visited the Penitentiary Agricultural Center. This center is located in a former agricultural colony for young people and after the Second World War was transformed into prison for male prisoners. In the center the prisoners are prepared for reintegration … Continue reading

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Princess Elisabeth of Belgium Turns Eighteen

  October 25, 2019 at 6:15 pm by

On Friday October 25, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, turned 18. For the occasion was organized a ceremony held in the Throne Room of the Royal Palace in Brussels. At the ceremony were present Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, the former King Albert II and Queen Paola, Princess Elisabeth’s siblings Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Eleonore, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz with their … Continue reading

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Last Day in Luxembourg for Philippe and Mathilde

  October 17, 2019 at 3:37 pm by

On Thursday October 17, King Philippe started the last day of the state visit at the Chamber of Commerce where, along with the Grand Duke, attended a Meet and Greet focused on the Belgian and Luxembourg entrepreneurship followed by a ceremony of signing of memorandums of understanding between Belgium and Luxembourg and a seminar titled “Technology for the Financial Sector: Belgian-Luxembourg Perspectives & Findings”. Then, at the Center Nature and … Continue reading

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Belgian State Visit to Luxembourg – Day Two

  October 16, 2019 at 2:48 pm by

Today, Wednesday October 16, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde started their second day in Luxembourg with a separate program. In the morning the King, along with Grand Duke Henri, visited the the Diekirch Military Centre. After the review of the troops it was paid a tribute to the deceased army personnel by laying a wreath of flowers in front of the commemorative plaque. Then the king and the … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Begin State Visit to Luxembourg

  October 15, 2019 at 3:36 pm by

At the invitation of Their Royal Highnesses, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde started today, Tuesday October 15, a three-day state visit to Luxembourg. The Royal Couple arrived in Luxembourg by train and was welcomed at the Luxembourg Central Station by Grand Duke Henri. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa won’t be present during the state visit because she is recovering from a … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Visit the Province of Hainaut

  September 5, 2019 at 6:53 pm by

Today, Thursday September 5, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians paid a visit to the Province of Hainaut. The first stop was in the in the municipality of Lobbes where they visited the Arthur Regniers Center. It is a medical-educational center for people with cerebral palsy and motor impairment. Then the Royal Couple paid a visit to the Saint Ursmar’s Church. The church, dedicated to Saint … Continue reading

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It’s School Time for the Young Belgians

  September 3, 2019 at 3:05 am by

Today, Monday September 2, Belgium’s young royals started their first day of the 2019-2020 school year. King Philippe accompanied Princess Eléonore, 11, at the Sint-Jans Berchmans College. The youngest daughter of the Royal Couple is starting her final year in primary school. In the meantime Queen Mathilde dropped off Prince Emmanuel, 13, at the Eureka School in Kessel-Lo, an educational institution for children with learning difficulties. The Prince is starting … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family Celebrates National Day

  July 22, 2019 at 3:04 am by

On Saturday 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” held at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and organized by the Queen Elisabeth Competition, together with the Belgian National Orchestra and the Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR. In the morning … Continue reading

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Belgian Official Visit to the German Federal States of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt: Last Day

  July 11, 2019 at 1:57 am by

Yesterday, Wednesday July 10, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde started their second and last day of the official visit in the town of Wittemberg, in Saxony-Anhalt. The Royal Couple was welcomed in front of the Wittenberg Old Town Hall by Reiner Haseloff, Minister-President of the German state Saxony-Anhalt. Then the King and the Queen paid a visit to the house of Martin Luther and the Castle Church, at … Continue reading

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