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Old 02-05-2015, 08:22 AM
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Belgian Official Visit to the Vatican: March 9, 2015

Wim Dehandschutter @WDehandschutter Nieuwe datum voor (uitgestelde) audiŽntie op Vaticaan: koning Filip en koningin Mathilde worden op 9 maart ontvangen bij paus Franciscus.

Wim Dehandschutter @WDehandschutter AudiŽntie bij paus was eerst gepland op 12 december. Maar door begrafenis van koningin Fabiola moesten Filip en Mathilde bezoek uitstellen.

Monarchie.be: De Belgische Monarchie: Home - Actueel - Agenda - Officieel bezoek aan het Vaticaan

The visit was scheduled on December 12 2014 but, due to Queen Fabiola death, it was postponed.
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Ah, the queen all in white, very nice that she continues the privilege du blanc. A pity that she didn't opt for a long dress and tiara perhaps, but that seems to be out of fashion these days. I can't recall who was the last one in tiara and long dress at the Vatican, but it must have been in the 80-ties.

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Old 03-09-2015, 07:35 AM
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It is a nice compromis , long dress should mean King's Uniform !
I don't see if she wears a decoration.
Great lace , Wonderful Queen ,thanks Belgium.
Her Secretary was behind her and was in black and black mantilla, she pushed her wheelchair.
I am really sad for the Official Picture with the Pope, I think she did too much , she looked tired.
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Old 03-09-2015, 07:37 AM
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This was an official visit and not a State Visit, so no Orders and diadems. The Pope himself was also not in choir dress but in his usual daily wear. The picture of Queen Elizabeth II with the Pope showed him "dressed up" as well in choir dress with red mozetta.
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:07 AM
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Glad to see them, such an honour !!!!
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:58 AM
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I made a blogpost about this visit: Queen Mathilde

I hope Mathilde gets enough rest. She has a busy agenda in the week to come.
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Some more pics of today's visit:


** nieuwsblad.be gallery **


** refdag.nl: Belgisch koningspaar op bezoek in Vaticaan (fotoserie) **


** lalibre.be: Philippe et Mathilde reÁus par le pape au Vatican (Photos) **


** hellomagazine: Queen Mathilde, in crutches, meets Pope Francis at the Vatican **
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Old 03-09-2015, 10:03 AM
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Queen Mathilde received certainly the Eccclesia et Pontifice Decoration.
Queen Paola wore it and it was the only Decoration the late Queen Fabiola wore when She visited the Pope
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Old 03-09-2015, 10:19 AM
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great pictures
what is wrong with the queens leg ?
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Her knee was hurt during skiing.


https://ru-royalty.livejournal.com/2....html#comments
The above post by kapenot88 contains photos of Belgian monarch visiting Vatican.
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Old 03-09-2015, 01:24 PM
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Her Secretary was behind her and was in black and black mantilla, she pushed her wheelchair.
Is she her secretary? I thought she was Clotilde Boel, her Lady-in-Waiting.
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Old 03-09-2015, 03:35 PM
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Ah, the queen all in white, very nice that she continues the privilege du blanc. A pity that she didn't opt for a long dress and tiara perhaps, but that seems to be out of fashion these days. I can't recall who was the last one in tiara and long dress at the Vatican, but it must have been in the 80-ties.

Queen Elizabeth II at the Vatican in 1980:
http://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.ne...67871521_o.jpg
I think it was due to her knee? Walking in crutches with a long dress would have been impossible

Maybe next time she will wear a long dress, who knows.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:07 PM
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Queen Mathilde certainly deserves a lot of praise.
Not even an injured knee kept Mathilde from having the honor of meeting Pope Francis.
Mathilde is a dutiful Queen.
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