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Hannelore 03-13-2018 04:50 AM

You can see more pictures & videos here, if you wish:

Duc_et_Pair 03-13-2018 04:52 AM


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)!

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


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


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

Only temporarily, but out of topic anyway.

polyesco 03-13-2018 11:48 AM

pictures from the dinner last night


iceflower 03-13-2018 12:26 PM


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

** belga gallery - day 2 **

wyevale 03-13-2018 01:46 PM


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


Originally Posted by wyevale (Post 2081461)

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 itís not Trudeauís personal fault. Thereís protocol officers who work for the Governor General to handle these sorts of things. No doubt some poor underling will be fired for it.

Iím not a fan of Justin Trudeau. I think heís a twit but heíll make an example out of someone over the flag to save face.

Somebody 03-13-2018 03:29 PM


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


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!

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


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.


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


Day 3 has started - the royal couple and the delegation have travelled to Toronto today, March 14:

** belga gallery - day 3 **

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