Thursday, 26 November 2015

Voorleesweek

25th November 2015

Queen Mathilde was meant to participate in the "Read Aloud Week" by reading to children in the public library of Laken, Brussels. Because of the enhanced terror threat in Brussels the library cancelled the activity. Mathilde did however insist the children come to the royal palace to read them a story.




videohttp://nieuws.vtm.be/cultuur-media/168281-koningin-mathilde-leest-voor-op-paleis

A small boy who got a little overwhelmed was immediatelly comforted by the queen.

videohttp://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/videozone/programmas/journaal/2.41891?video=1.2506550





Round table on burn-outs

25th November 2015

King Philippe and queen Mathilde hosted a round table conference at the royal palace on burn-outs.






Change in title

24 November 2015

Court anounced that in future the royal title "prince of Belgium" or "princess of Belgium" will only go to the children of the reigning king (or queen) and to the children of the crown prince (or crown princess).

This means that Elisabeth, Gabriel, Emmanuel and Eléonore's children will all bear the title while their cousin's children no longer will.

While Elisabeth's grandchildren will also be princes, Gabriel, Emmanuel and Eléonore will pass the title to their children but not to their grandchildren.


Monday, 23 November 2015

Flashback: Bridal bouquet

Florist Daniel Ost decorated the cathedral for Philippe & Mathilde's wedding in December 1999.



Queen Paola had chosen a non professional florist but the union of florists didn't agree and proposed Ost to do the job. This meant Daniel Ost & his team only had 18 days to start from scratch... And while Mathilde was friendly, queen Paola wasn't very cooperative and in a bad mood. Because the task was so prestigious, Ost felt he coudn't refuse but he describes it as "one of the worst experiences" of his life.

video: http://www.rtl.be/rtltvi/video/557367.aspx

While Mathilde d'Udekem wanted red flowers, queen Paola insisted on white. Because the ladies coudn't come to an agreement, Ost put red flowers on the altar and white ones all over the cathedral.


Ost says to be particularly embarrassed about the big bouquet Mathilde carried: it wasn't his work, but the court's own gardener. The huge bouquet weighed 3,5 kilos and nearly caused the bride to topple.



Daniel Ost still works for the royal family and does so for free.

video of the weddinghttp://www.sonuma.be/archive/mariage-princier-en-la-cath%C3%A9drale-st-michel-et-gudule

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Flashback: king Bhumibol's jubilee

In June 2006 an important delegation of European, Asian and African royals flew to Thailand for the celebration of king Bhumibol's 60 years as king.

Arrivals



12th June: visit to the royal navy institute to watch a barge procession














12th June: Opening an exhibition







12th June: greeting the Thai royal family & gala dinner






















13th June: the Belgian, Norwegian, Dutch and Luxembourg royals make a boat trip together.






13th June: gala banquet













































Leaving after the banquet






14th June: departures



















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