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Marika86 02-15-2018 08:34 AM

Belgian State Visit to Canada: March 11-17, 2018
 
[Wim Dehandschutter]@WDehandschutter State Visit to Canada (11-17 March): Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde will travel to Ottowa, Toronto and Montréal.

GGJuliePayette @GGJuliePayette Canada is looking forward to welcoming Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians next month. @MonarchieBe #Belgium https://bit.ly/2EKoTw3

Quote:

Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians
February 15, 2018

Governor General Announces the Visit to Canada of
Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians
OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, is pleased to announce that Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians will undertake a State visit to Canada from March 11 to 17, 2018.

During this visit Their Majesties will visit Ottawa, Toronto and Montréal. The detailed schedule of events will be issued at a later date.

Canada was last visited by a Belgian monarch in 1977, when Their Majesties King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola undertook their State visit.

Mbruno 02-15-2018 11:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marika86 (Post 2073980)
[Wim Dehandschutter]@WDehandschutter State Visit to Canada (11-17 March): Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde will travel to Ottowa, Toronto and Montréal.

GGJuliePayette @GGJuliePayette Canada is looking forward to welcoming Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians next month. @MonarchieBe #Belgium https://bit.ly/2EKoTw3

Since the current Governor General of Canada is a Francophone, will King Philippe speak in French at the state dinner ? Or maybe he will alternate between English and French (the two official languages of Canada) ? Philippe spoke in Dutch only in the Netherlands.

gerry 02-15-2018 12:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mbruno (Post 2074001)
Since the current Governor General of Canada is a Francophone, will King Philippe speak in French at the state dinner ? Or maybe he will alternate between English and French (the two official languages of Canada) ? Philippe spoke in Dutch only in the Netherlands.

I am certain he will speak in both English and French; he will know better than most the delicate diplomacies of bilingualism!:bang::flowers:

Hannelore 02-15-2018 03:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mbruno (Post 2074001)
Since the current Governor General of Canada is a Francophone, will King Philippe speak in French at the state dinner ? Or maybe he will alternate between English and French (the two official languages of Canada) ? Philippe spoke in Dutch only in the Netherlands.

What else was he supposed to speak in the Netherlands? Frisian?

Mbruno 02-19-2018 12:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hannelore (Post 2074068)
What else was he supposed to speak in the Netherlands? Frisian?

He could have spoken in Dutch and French.

Just as comparison, in Canada, the PM always speaks both in English and in French in order to respect the equal status of both official languages. My point was that, if the King of the Belgians spoke only in Dutch in the Netherlands, there is a precedent for him to give a speech entirely in French in Canada, and the Flemish won't be in a position to complain about it.

Hannelore 02-20-2018 03:30 AM

I don't agree. He was the guest of a country where only Dutch is spoken. Hardly anyone would understand him if he spoke French in Holland.

In Belgium yes, he has to maintain the balance between Dutch, French and some German. But not abroad.

It's clear and logical that in Canada speeches will be given in French and English, the languages of the host coutry that Philippe also masters. No-one would ever exepct him to speak Dutch and German as well during a speech there.

Spheno 02-20-2018 04:10 AM

Usually at this level events Heads of State speak their own country's language. For example, King Felipe spoke Spanish during state banquet in UK. It's international protocol.
Thus Philippe will speak Dutch or French, not English. Last sentence can be in English.

Mbruno 02-20-2018 04:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spheno (Post 2075324)
Usually at this level events Heads of State speak their own country's language. For example, King Felipe spoke Spanish during state banquet in UK. It's international protocol.
Thus Philippe will speak Dutch or French, not English. Last sentence can be in English.

King Philippe spoke in English at the State Banquet in Denmark, so he doesn’t always respect the home lianguage rule. Again, the Canadian PM by contrast always speaks in English and French both inside Canada and overseas, regardless of the lianguage that is spoken in the country he is visiting.

Marchesina 02-20-2018 05:43 AM

I think the choice of language depends rather on the context in which one is supposed to hold the speech than a protocol matter. There is no point in speaking in French in The Netherlands when the audience can fully understand one of the official languages of your own country. And in Denmark English is widely used and spoken, so it was wise to use it (and probably that was a common decision between the two households, since Queen Margrethe opted for English as well). In other occasions, though, French and Dutch have been used, like during the Chinese state visit, where interpreters had been provided.

eya 02-23-2018 12:35 PM

Raoul Delcorde‏@RaoulDelcorde 2

On September 19th, 1977, King Baudouin met with Pierre-Elliott Trudeau in Ottawa, on the occasion of a 1st State Visit to Canada. Almost 41 years later, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde @MonarchieBe will come on a second State Visit at the invitation of @GGJuliePayette.


https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWusSeBXcAA_jV7.jpg


King Baudouin met the father and now King Philippe will met the son!

Mbruno 02-23-2018 12:44 PM

State dinners in Canada are black tie, so, in principle, no tiara. Queen Maxima wore one of her ruby tiaras in Canada though. I think Mathilde will either wear no tiara, or will wear her Wolfers convertíble necklace as a tiara. What do you think ?

maria-olivia 02-23-2018 01:38 PM

I should like to see the Nine Province tiara and the Wolfers necklace as we saw so often Queen Fabiola.

Stefan 02-23-2018 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 2076285)
I should like to see the Nine Province tiara and the Wolfers necklace as we saw so often Queen Fabiola.

Would be a nice combination but not at a black tie State Banquet. Unfotunately it seems that when she wears the Nine Provicnes tiara in it's full setting she prefers not to wear a necklace (as in NL and Denmark). Let's hope she will wear the Wolfers tiara in Canada.

maria-olivia 02-24-2018 06:06 AM

King Albert II missed a lot of State Visits during 20 years !

eya 03-02-2018 11:05 AM

And the Royal Palace as always do posted some pictures from the past visits from and in Canada

State visit to Belgium by Governor-General Roland Michener - April 1971 with the lovely Queen Fabiola
https://scontent.fath4-1.fna.fbcdn.n...dd&oe=5B0DFC53


State visit to Canada by King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola - September 1977
https://scontent.fath4-1.fna.fbcdn.n...de&oe=5B47F0D2


Economic mission in Canada of Prince Philippe - March 2008
https://scontent.fath4-1.fna.fbcdn.n...78&oe=5B022910

Mbruno 03-02-2018 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eya (Post 2078199)
And the Royal Palace as always do posted some pictures from the past visits from and in Canada

State visit to Belgium by Governor-General Roland Michener - April 1971 with the lovely Queen Fabiola
https://scontent.fath4-1.fna.fbcdn.n...dd&oe=5B0DFC53


State visit to Canada by King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola - September 1977
https://scontent.fath4-1.fna.fbcdn.n...de&oe=5B47F0D2


Economic mission in Canada of Prince Philippe - March 2008
https://scontent.fath4-1.fna.fbcdn.n...78&oe=5B022910

Queen Fabiola was wearing her Spanish wedding gift tiara, apparently with her Tunisian demi-parure, on the first picture. I wish we could see those jewels again on Queen Mathilde !

maria-olivia 03-02-2018 04:11 PM

The Spanish wedding gift must have its green stones .

eya 03-11-2018 08:03 AM

And the King & the Queen are leaving today for a state visit to Canada.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYAQlyFX0AAY7rN.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYAQlyJW4AUrqJs.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYAQeAzX4AMPY5N.jpg


And the program of the visit

https://www.belgianstatevisit.be/sit...-_20180227.pdf

https://www.belgianstatevisit.be/activities

iceflower 03-11-2018 08:09 AM

:previous:


Here's a short video of their departure today:


** Video link **

maria-olivia 03-11-2018 08:25 AM

Our Minister of Foreign Affairs wil certalnly go with our Monarchs to Canada ? Wat bed and windly weather and the Queen wears no coat!
I am looking forward this important Visit . 200 belgians are attending

iceflower 03-11-2018 04:29 PM

:previous:

Me too! This will be an interesting visit with many great photos of the couple, their hosts and the country.

In the meantime King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have arrived at Ottawa International Airport:


** belga gallery ** belga gallery 2 **

Rudolph 03-12-2018 05:46 AM

Today we welcome Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians. Canada's friendship with #Belgium* goes way back: in 1869, our country's first Immigration Act included Belgium among its preferred countries, today there are nearly 200,000 Canadians with Belgian roots

Via Canada Twitter

iceflower 03-12-2018 11:06 AM

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Today's programme has started with the official welcome ceremony in Ottawa:


** fb gallery ** gettyimages gallery **


** dailymail: Right on message! Queen Mathilde dons a red ensemble complete with maple leaf brooch..**

Mbruno 03-12-2018 11:15 AM

Is the GG of Canada currently unmarried ?

eya 03-12-2018 12:31 PM

According Wikipedia Julie Payette was married twice, first to François Brissette in the 1990s, and secondly to William Flynn, from whom she had a son in 2003, and from whom she divorced in 2015"


King Philippe , Queen Mathilde and Canada Governor General Julie Payette at a ceremonial tree planting on the Rideau Hall Grounds on the first day of a state visit on Monday 12 March . Also visit a sugar shack.

Belga Image

When King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola came on a State Visit to Canada in september 1977 also they planted a tree in the park of Rideau Hall like the Kings today

https://0.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:1...696&m=nabbpbnn
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DXU8KbnV...jpg&name=small

And two pictures from the plane where the King and Queen talking with the other passengers

https://scontent.fskg1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...4e&oe=5B3349CC
https://scontent.fskg1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...18&oe=5B473F75

polyesco 03-12-2018 04:54 PM

Visit of a traditional sugar shack at Richelieu Park in Ottawa. Explanation about harvesting techniques adopted from First Nations. Tasting of maple syrup and lollipops. Savours of Canada.
https://www.facebook.com/BeMonarchie...type=3&theater
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYHJ0hlWkAcOBGk.jpg
https://2.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:1...696&m=pcajhmnk

Mbruno 03-12-2018 05:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by polyesco (Post 2081198)
Visit of a traditional sugar shack at Richelieu Park in Ottawa. Explanation about harvesting techniques adopted from First Nations. Tasting of maple syrup and lollipops. Savours of Canada.
https://www.facebook.com/BeMonarchie...type=3&theater
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYHJ0hlWkAcOBGk.jpg
https://2.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:1...696&m=pcajhmnk

The Queen doesn't look amused in the last picture. Very unflattering !

Princess Larisa 03-12-2018 05:15 PM

It’s just a moment in time. You can see in this album that the Queen and King were laughing and joking about the sticky syrup.
Belga Image

Kronprinz 03-12-2018 06:06 PM

Can't the GG at least run a comb through that hair?

Mbruno 03-12-2018 06:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kronprinz (Post 2081224)
Can't the GG at least run a comb through that hair?

She was an astronaut, so messy hair must come naturally to her !

Kronprinz 03-12-2018 06:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mbruno (Post 2081235)
She was an astronaut, so messy hair must come naturally to her !

It's great that she was an astronaut but she's there as the head of state of Canada for all purposes. It looks like she could be going over to a friend's house for dinner on a weekend.

wartenberg7 03-12-2018 07:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kronprinz (Post 2081237)
It's great that she was an astronaut but she's there as the head of state of Canada for all purposes. It looks like she could be going over to a friend's house for dinner on a weekend.



The head of state of Canada is the british Queen only! The GG is just her stand-in!

Ish 03-12-2018 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kronprinz (Post 2081237)
It's great that she was an astronaut but she's there as the head of state of Canada for all purposes. It looks like she could be going over to a friend's house for dinner on a weekend.

Not sure what's wrong with her hair... it's naturally very curly. That doesn't make it uncombed or unkempt. Personally, I'm a fan of Ms. Payette's more relaxed, natural style.

Mbruno 03-12-2018 09:10 PM

Apparently, Justin Trudeau is too busy to meet with the King of the Belgians or anyone else in the Belgian delegatiion. Another diplomatic gaffe by the young Canadian PM ?

Ish 03-12-2018 09:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mbruno (Post 2081288)
Apparently, Justin Trudeau is too busy to meet with the King of the Belgians or anyone else in the Belgian delegatiion. Another diplomatic gaffe by the young Canadian PM ?

PM Trudeau is currently touring Canadian steel and aluminum facilities in opposition to the potential US tariffs. I agree that it's a bit of a gaffe to not meet with the Belgian delegation, but at the same time he is trying to promote a Canadian industry that recently faced attack... so, really as far as gaffes go, it could be a lot worse.

marlene 03-12-2018 09:50 PM

Prime minister Trudeau not meeting with the King is not a gaffe as there was never any meeting scheduled, as the Belgian Ambassador stated when he was interviewed today. Our head of state when the queen is in Britain is our GG so the royals met with our highest state official. Our Prime minister is head of government, hence the difference.

Countessmeout 03-12-2018 10:02 PM

Canada is facing economic issues with the American tax tariff question. Trudeau is exactly where he is meant to be, working with the unions in our metal economy, trying to prepare for any changes coming. As important as a state visit is, Justin is exactly where he needs to be.

Besides as pointed out our GG is our acting head of state. It is her place to be hosting the royals. It isn't like we have shoved the Belgian royals off on some unimportant politician.

Princess Larisa 03-12-2018 11:35 PM

Did I mix up my dates? When’s the State Dinner?

eya 03-13-2018 02:48 AM

The King was at a meeting who exchange of views with Canadian trade minister François-Philippe Champagne. Importance of open trade, in the face of protectionist trends, with emphasis on environmental and social standards.

https://scontent.fath3-4.fna.fbcdn.n...a4&oe=5B3FD503
https://scontent.fath3-4.fna.fbcdn.n...1e&oe=5B3B30CB


And yesterday to the Rideau Hall , they have German and not Belgian flags. Mistakes happen!

Rideau Hall welcomes Belgian royalty with a German flag - Politics - CBC News

The Royal Watcher 03-13-2018 03:09 AM

State Dinner
 
While no official pictures have been released (it seems they probably won't be until the morning), some pictures offer a glimpse at the State Dinner, and Queen Mathilde is wearing a Tiara (probably the Wolfers Necklace Tiara)!

https://twitter.com/RoyNorton1/statu...93211426209792

Hannelore 03-13-2018 04:50 AM

You can see more pictures & videos here, if you wish: https://queenmathilde.blogspot.be/20...to-canada.html

Duc_et_Pair 03-13-2018 04:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Royal Watcher (Post 2081343)
While no official pictures have been released (it seems they probably won't be until the morning), some pictures offer a glimpse at the State Dinner, and Queen Mathilde is wearing a Tiara (probably the Wolfers Necklace Tiara)!

https://twitter.com/RoyNorton1/statu...93211426209792

It is the wedding gift from the Belgian Nobility, so to see. Nice that the Queen wore some glimmers in her hair.

Mbruno 03-13-2018 05:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Countessmeout (Post 2081303)
Canada is facing economic issues with the American tax tariff question. Trudeau is exactly where he is meant to be, working with the unions in our metal economy, trying to prepare for any changes coming. As important as a state visit is, Justin is exactly where he needs to be.

Besides as pointed out our GG is our acting head of state. It is her place to be hosting the royals. It isn't like we have shoved the Belgian royals off on some unimportant politician.

Canada was exempted from Trump’s tariffs. Trudeau is just taking advantage of the issue for personal political gain .


The Brabant Laurel Wreath is a nice tiara, but the Queen ruined the look with that neckline. As someone else suggested, she could have worn the fleurons of the Spanish Wedding Gift tiara as a necklace, but maybe Fabiola’s tiara is unavailable after all.

Duc_et_Pair 03-13-2018 07:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mbruno (Post 2081361)
Canada was exempted from Trump’s tariffs. [...]

Only temporarily, but out of topic anyway.

polyesco 03-13-2018 11:48 AM

pictures from the dinner last night

https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net...28&oe=5B4B1783
https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net...3f&oe=5AFFE435

Today
https://twitter.com/WDehandschutter/...81793919057920
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYLJaR8VMAAf6LP.jpg
https://twitter.com/WDehandschutter/...86560665886725

iceflower 03-13-2018 12:26 PM

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Here's a first gallery of day 2 today, March 13:


** belga gallery - day 2 **

wyevale 03-13-2018 01:46 PM

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo...d-1439295.html

Oops.. How difficult can it be to fly the correct flag ? Trudeau is already a laughing stock across much of the World [after his absurd visit to India] but this is a [bad] joke !

Mbruno 03-13-2018 02:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wyevale (Post 2081461)
https://france3-regions.francetvinfo...d-1439295.html

Oops.. How difficult can it be to fly the correct flag ? Trudeau is already a laughing stock across much of the World [after his absurd visit to India] but this is a [bad] joke !

Indeed, first the India fiasco. Now, they can't even fly the right flag for the King of Belgians who, again, doesn't seem to be considered important enough for Justin Trudeau to meet.


At least, someone spotted the mistake before the King and Queen arrived and avoided a diplomatic incident.

Rudolph 03-13-2018 02:30 PM

To be fair it’s not Trudeau’s personal fault. There’s protocol officers who work for the Governor General to handle these sorts of things. No doubt some poor underling will be fired for it.

I’m not a fan of Justin Trudeau. I think he’s a twit but he’ll make an example out of someone over the flag to save face.

Somebody 03-13-2018 03:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by marlene (Post 2081301)
Prime minister Trudeau not meeting with the King is not a gaffe as there was never any meeting scheduled, as the Belgian Ambassador stated when he was interviewed today. Our head of state when the queen is in Britain is our GG so the royals met with our highest state official. Our Prime minister is head of government, hence the difference.

Normally a state visit does include a meeting with the prime minister who is also one of the most important invitees to the state banquet. So, Trudeau's decision clearly shows that the Canadian government doesn't really care about Belgium (which is probably true but normally not made as visible during a state visit) as he wasn't interested in scheduling at least a short meeting.

Kronprinz 03-13-2018 03:38 PM

Yes, Trudeau obviously doesn't care about Belgium but he should at least make an effort to hide it.

What would it take? A 30 minute meeting?

I can't imagine a foreign head of state visiting Britain and not getting a meeting with the PM.Because, after all, it's the government that dictates foreign policy. The GG is just the hostess and representative.

Rudolph 03-13-2018 03:49 PM

"One of the main thrusts of the state visit is a "thank you" of sorts for Canada's involvement in the liberation of Belgium during the First World War, the King said."

"We owe our freedom to the military men who came to our country 100 years ago to end the First World War," King Philippe said as he was greeted by GG of Canada. "We in Belgium, we don't forget that."

Via Canada Twitter

marlene 03-13-2018 03:58 PM

For all those people who seem to be beside themselves that The Royals aren't meeting Trudeau, you can take comfort now with the news that he will meet with them on Friday morning in Montreal. They will all be together to sign a trade deal to import more Belgian beer.

TRCRoyal 03-13-2018 04:20 PM

Anyone knows the plan for the visit? I'm hoping to know when they'll be in Toronto go see them! :D

Somebody 03-13-2018 04:23 PM

I didn't see anyone who 'was beside him/herself'. There is no need to agree but no need to ascribe all kinds of extreme emotions to a few posters pointing out the lack of courtesy shown towards the monarchs that were invited by the govenment (albeit not in their name).

But good to read that they will at least meet him, according to last minute plans, although he didn't make it to the more official parts of the state visit. Hopefully he will learn from this experience and properly plan meetings with future heads of states and attend functions on these kind of visits.

eya 03-13-2018 04:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheRoyalCouturier (Post 2081521)
Anyone knows the plan for the visit? I'm hoping to know when they'll be in Toronto go see them! :D

This is the program!


https://www.belgianstatevisit.be/activities

Toronto tomorrow!!!

Adamari 03-14-2018 01:47 AM

Video of events from CPAC.

Headline Politics: Belgian King and Queen Attend State Dinner in Ottawa | CPAC
Headline Politics: King of Belgium Speaks at First World War Commemoration | CPAC

iceflower 03-14-2018 02:15 AM

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Here are some pics of the concert yesterday evening, the belga gallery of day 2, posted above has been updated with pics of the evening as well:


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 **

Duc_et_Pair 03-14-2018 05:00 AM

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 de Dona Maria II in Lisbon

Return event in the Petit Palais in Paris

iceflower 03-14-2018 08:30 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 **

Marchesina 03-14-2018 09:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duc_et_Pair (Post 2081664)
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.

Duc_et_Pair 03-14-2018 10:57 AM

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...

maria-olivia 03-14-2018 11:15 AM

Well Duc 200 people came with our Monarchs , University Theachers , Bussiness people, diamond and chocolate traders etc....

Marchesina 03-14-2018 11:16 AM

I can see them complain for each and every cents spent by the royal family, no matter the purpose.

polyesco 03-14-2018 11:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iceflower (Post 2081708)
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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 :eek:

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

Meeting with Lieutenant General of Ontario
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYQqK8AWsAAhOzO.jpg
https://twitter.com/WDehandschutter/...50826032107520

Mbruno 03-14-2018 12:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by polyesco (Post 2081756)

I believe you mean “meeting with. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.” .

Rudolph 03-14-2018 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 2081738)
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.

wyevale 03-15-2018 05:31 AM

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Such a personal welcome from Mr Trudeau..:smile:

marlene 03-15-2018 08:31 AM

I thought this thread was about Royalty !!

gerry 03-15-2018 09:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rudolph (Post 2081759)
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:flowers:

More pictures:
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/201...n-toronto.html

Mbruno 03-15-2018 10:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gerry (Post 2082064)
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:flowers:

More pictures:
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.

polyesco 03-15-2018 11:52 AM

Day 4
https://twitter.com/BelgiumMFA/statu...09428970311681
https://twitter.com/rudivervoort/sta...10732195037186

iceflower 03-15-2018 12:34 PM

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And here's today's belga gallery of day 4, March 15:


** belga gallery - day 4 **

polyesco 03-16-2018 11:56 AM

5th day
Ice hockey shirts for the kids
https://twitter.com/WDehandschutter/...70823964463104

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYa5tutW0AAHEie.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYa5u6SXkAAkShB.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYa5zNAXcAAQPjg.jpg

https://twitter.com/WDehandschutter/...66428887465986

Dinner last night
https://twitter.com/MonarchieBe/stat...24789871710208

iceflower 03-16-2018 02:30 PM

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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.

iceflower 03-17-2018 08:21 AM

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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 **

eya 03-17-2018 12:15 PM

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

maria-olivia 03-17-2018 12:54 PM

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

Count langley 03-17-2018 08:44 PM

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.

Mbruno 03-17-2018 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 2082934)
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.

maria-olivia 03-18-2018 07:26 AM

We never had a King and a Queen with 4 Children . They are all doing their very best and are an exemple of a nice couple , parents and team.

Some failed , it was of course not the King but his Ministers.

I must confess Mbruno , that I am a fan of Queen Paola ! How could she give us glamour when she was in the seventies. She had Italian elegance Queen Mathilde don't have.


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