vrijdag 29 januari 2016

Borrowed jewellery: ruby earrings

These beautiful diamond and ruby earrings were only seen once on princess Mathilde, at the Polish state visit to Belgium in 2004. It's safe to assume they were lent to her by a jeweller's.

donderdag 28 januari 2016

New Year's Reception

28th January 2016

King Philippe and queen Mathilde hosted a new year's reception at the royal palace for 500 guests: members of Parliament, justice and other official authorities.

video: http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/videozone/programmas/journaal/2.42710?video=1.2557865

Laurence de Ghellinck acted as lady-in-waiting.

Centrum voor Algemeen Welzijn

27th January 2016

Queen Mathilde visted the CAW (Center for General Welfare) in Brussels.

dinsdag 26 januari 2016

Diplomatic Contact Days

26th January 2016

King Philippe and queen Mathilde met the Belgian ambassadors at the royal palace.

Once a year all Belgian diplomats on a foreign mission return to Belgium for the Diplomatic Contact Days.

maandag 25 januari 2016

Family: a new baby

22nd October 2015

Mathilde's sister countess Hélène d'Udekem and her husband, baron Nicolas Janssen assisted at a charity gala for "Fetus for Life", a non profit organisation that collects funds to finance the medical care for unborn children with a health problem.

Hélène is expecting her third child.

zondag 24 januari 2016

Flashback: Zonnebeke

In the summer of 2014 these photos were made of queen Mathilde, king Philippe and their children on a private visit to the town Zonnebeke.

They were accompanied by their niece & nephews: Louise, Aymeric and Nicolas.

vrijdag 22 januari 2016

Belgian & Dutch royal couple at EU concert

22nd January 2016

King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima of the Netherlands hosted a concert at Bozar in Brussels, to mark the Dutch presidency of the European Union. They were joined by king Philippe and queen Mathilde.

They were accompanied by viscount Etienne Davignon.

Mathilde had an injured finger because of a splinter.

Lindsay Edwards acted as lady-in-waiting.

donderdag 21 januari 2016

World Economic Forum 2016

19th January 2016 - 21st January 2016

King Philippe and queen Mathilde were at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Mathilde assited at 13 seminars that evolved around the protection of cultural heritage, health care, humanitarian aid and education.

19th January 2016

Queen Mathilde flew to Switzerland.

On the opening day of the Economic Forum she attended the "Crystal Awards" that recognize artists who show commitment to improving the state of the world.

with Ranil Wickremesinghe, PM of Sri Lanka

With US vice president Joe Biden

At another networking moment.

20th January 2016

Mathilde celebrated her 43rd birthday and was joined in Davos by her husband, king Philippe.

At the lecture "The Humanitarian Imperative: A Global, Regional and Industry Response".

A meeting with social entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation - of which Mathilde is also a board member: http://www.schwabfound.org/content/foundation-board

With UNESCO director general Irina Bokova

Dinner hosted by Klaus Schwab.

21st January 2016

King Philippe and queen Mathilde attended at the "Belgian Power Breakfast".

video: http://nieuws.vtm.be/buitenland/175326-belgisch-ontbijt-op-wef-davos

Afterwards they met UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon

At the lecture "21st Century Dream".

Meeting other UN Sustainable Development Goals advocates.

with Dho Young-Shim & Jeffrey Sachs and UNESCO secretary general Irina Bokova 

Muhammed Yunus

 Paul Polman

Alaa Murabit, Muhammed Yunus & Jeffrey Sachs

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