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Old 03-14-2018, 09:11 AM
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From what I have seen on VTM and VRT (Belgian channels) it was pretty dull. It was like the President of the Czech Republic visiting Canada. The Court needs a modern communications adviser who knows how to use the splendour of the monarchy to promote Belgium.

Examples:

Return event in the Teatro Nacional Dona Isabel de Dona Maria II in Lisbon

Return event in the Petit Palais in Paris
Can you imagine Belgian people - especially politicians- seeing (and reacting) to something that grand?! They would be outraged to say the least...
Plus, this tells me a lot of Philippe and Mathilde's personality...you just cannot compare and event arranged and supervised by WA and Maxima IMO.
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:57 AM
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But is it not exactly the nature of State Visits to pack out, to network, to build bridges?

President Macron welcomed President Putin in the splendour of Versailles. He took President Trump to Les Invalides and even offered a banquet by Alain Ducasse at the panorama deck of the Eiffel Tower.

In Australia the Dutch King and Queen had their return in the Sydney Opera, floodlit in orange, decorated with tons of flowers and offered a concert by the worldfamous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In their maelstrom the CEO's of Shell, Unilever, Philips, KLM and name them all took the opportunity to meet and greet the who-is-who. It is also showing who you are. I can not imagine that Belgian politicians will object against an effective promoting of Belgium...
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:15 AM
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Well Duc 200 people came with our Monarchs , University Theachers , Bussiness people, diamond and chocolate traders etc....
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:16 AM
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I can see them complain for each and every cents spent by the royal family, no matter the purpose.
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:58 AM
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Day 3 has started - the royal couple and the delegation have travelled to Toronto today, March 14:



** belga gallery - day 3 **
It looks freezing

arriving in Toronto
https://twitter.com/WDehandschutter/...34635053961218

Meeting with Lieutenant General of Ontario
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:19 PM
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I believe you mean “meeting with. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.” .
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:29 PM
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Well Duc 200 people came with our Monarchs , University Theachers , Bussiness people, diamond and chocolate traders etc....
It’s a large delegation that came to Canada. They were talking about it on the news.

As far as Trudeau goes, I’d much rather meet with regal and vice-regal representatives.

The Governor General represents Queen Elizabeth II.
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Such a personal welcome from Mr Trudeau..
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Old 03-15-2018, 08:31 AM
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I thought this thread was about Royalty !!
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Old 03-15-2018, 09:36 AM
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It’s a large delegation that came to Canada. They were talking about it on the news.

As far as Trudeau goes, I’d much rather meet with regal and vice-regal representatives.

The Governor General represents Queen Elizabeth II.
PM Trudeau was in Algoma yesterday talking to steelworkers with a view to Trumpian trade threats. HE the Governor General hosted the Belgian Royal couple during their visit to Ottawa; the King was apparently charmed by Mme Julie Payette, who is a former astronaut

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Old 03-15-2018, 10:03 AM
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PM Trudeau was in Algoma yesterday talking to steelworkers with a view to Trumpian trade threats. HE the Governor General hosted the Belgian Royal couple during their visit to Ottawa; the King was apparently charmed by Mme Julie Payette, who is a former astronaut

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https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/201...n-toronto.html
Belgium has a tradition of holding astronauts in high esteem. The first Belgian in space, Dirk Frimout, was made a life viscount by King Baudouin. Frank de Winne, the second Belgian in space, is an Officer of the Order of Leopold.
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Old 03-15-2018, 11:52 AM
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Day 4
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And here's today's belga gallery of day 4, March 15:


** belga gallery - day 4 **
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And here's today's gallery with many more nice photos of the final day:


** belga gallery - day 5 **



Queen Mathilde met Princess Louisa Maria, who is currently studying in Montreal, during a meeting with Belgian and Canadian students at the Faculty club of the McGill University.
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The final item on the agenda was a concert at the Théâtre Rialto in Montreal, with Alice on the roof and Lara Fabian.

The above posted gallery will probably be updated with pics of that evening:


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 **
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And the visit it came to an end!!

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde depart from Montreal Airport!!

https://www.rexfeatures.com/livefeed..._canada,_day_6
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What we did not know :
1. When the King arrived the staircase of his aeroplane was on another place , not the place of the belgian cameras
2. He was welcomed in German
3. On Queen Fabiola's 44 years tree , two flags Canada and Germany.
4. One University Rector was not on the picture and asked to start again. At that moment one of his Collegues left . Ambiance between them
5. Justin Trudeau did not have the time to meet the King of the Belgians
6. Mrs Melanie Joly due to an airplane problem could not sign the audiovisuel agreement.
7. For the Speeches in Ottawa half French and half English. More english in Toronto and more french in Montreal. But some failed.
8 Less show up of our Brussels Minister President Rudy Vervoort because of his lumbago.
9 The girl who had to give the presents to the artists of the Concert tuesday evening should have fallen , but did not;
But last and not least The Belgian Biotech Kitozyme signed in Montreal the greatest contract of its hisory
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Old 03-17-2018, 08:44 PM
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Unfortunately there are many missed opportunities in the Belgian Royal Court. The current King and Queen are more glamorous than the last two previous occupants of the Throne.
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7. For the Speeches in Ottawa half French and half English. More english in Toronto and more french in Montreal. But some failed.
What do you mean by "some failed" ? The fact that the King spoke in English and French (and no Dutch) in Canada while he spoke in Dutch only in the Netherlands seems to confirm my theory that he adapts to the host country's language rather than paying lip service to official Belgian bilingualism (as the Canadian PM would do for example, no matter which country he was visiting).

I also think Philippe and Mathilde are a good team. Mathilde doesn't eclipse her husband in the way that Máxima often does, but , at the same time, she adds much needed glamour that was lacking somewhat in the Belgian court, especially in the latter years of King Albert II's reign.
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