donderdag 26 november 2015


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.


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


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.

maandag 23 november 2015

Wedding Day: Flower Arrangements

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.

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 & his daughter, Nele Ost still work for the royal family, he's been made an official royal warrent holder by queen Mathilde.

vrijdag 20 november 2015

Flashback: "Albert II"

In 2012 photographer Olivier Polet published a  photo book on the royal family, called "Albert II".

In a number of photos, taken at the castle of Ciergnon, Mathilde and family are also pictured.

donderdag 19 november 2015

Visit to Hainaut

19 November 2015

King Philippe and queen Mathilde visited the province Hainaut.

At the "Institut Technique Libre" of Ath they had a work meeting on the formation of teachers.

They were accompanied by Melissa Maas.

In Tournai they visited the company "Pollet" that celebrates its 250th anniversary.

Afterwards they were received at the town hall.

Earlier this week: christening of prince Philipp

14th November 2015

Just back from Ethiopia, queen Mathilde accompanied her husband to Germany last Sunday for the christening of prince Philipp von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha at Schloss Callenberg in Beiersdorf.

King Philippe is godfather to his namesake, the second child and first son of prince Hubertus von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha and his wife, American Kelly Rondestvedt.

There were about 100 guests, among them prince Gustav von Berleburg and his girlfriend Carina Axelsson and prince Bernhard von Baden and his wife, princess Stephanie von Baden.

 Prince Philipp von Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha with his parents and godparents: Hereditary Prince Bernhard of Baden, Countess Alexandra von Schönborn, king Philippe, Carina Axelsson and Hereditary Prince Carl Christian von Wrede.

woensdag 18 november 2015

New nobles 2015

18 November 2015

King Philippe & queen Mathilde received the persons who were granted a noble title or distinction in 2015 at the royal palace in Brussels.

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