Queen Mathilde made a 24 hour visit to Washington DC. Because of a knee injury during a family skiing holiday in Verbier she was obliged to use a wheelchair and crutches.
First stop was the Belgian embassy in Washington, where she said her children call her "Robocop Mom" these days because of her knee brace.
Then she pronounced a keynote speech at the "Girls Impacted by Conflict and Civil Unrest" symposium organized by the International Centre for Research on Women. Mathilde is part of their Leadership Council. Other members include queen Rania of Jordan and Cherie Blair: http://www.icrw.org/who-we-are/ICRW-Leadership-Council
She said that her leg injury forces her to be more patient with herself, and that it reminds her of the persons who have to deal with physical problems on a daily base.
Mathilde and her daughter Elisabeth both read Malala Yousifzai's book "I am Malala". Mathilde's very impressed by the positive message Malala brings in her own understandble words.