Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Earlier this month: Luisa's party

August 2016

King Philippe's niece, princess Luisa of Belgium celebrated her 21st birthday (ahead of the actual day) with a big party in Gallipoli, Italy.

Among the 200 guests were also Philippe and Mathilde.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

French & Italian Holidays

August 2016

The royal family spent a part of August holidaying in Hyères, France before moving on to the Valle Gesso, Maritime Alps, Italy.

Flashback: Toots Thielemans

6 May 2014

King Philippe and queen Mathilde received jazz musician Toots Thielemans (1922-2016) and his wife, Huguette at the castle of Laken in honor of his exceptional musical career.


Sunday, 14 August 2016

Borrowed jewellery: diamond brooch

A few years ago crown princess Mathilde was seen wearing a diamond rose brooch...

At the 60th birthday of the prince of Wales, in London (2008):

And at the King's Feast in Brussels (2008):

And at the wedding of prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton, in London (2011):

However this diamond brooch does not belong to Mathilde. It's a loan from Belgian jeweller Wolfers.

The brooch is described as a "trembling brooch", i.e. with some diamonds mounted on little springs. They move slightly with the movements of the person, which multiplicates the glittering effect.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Support for wounded police officers

9 August 2016

King Philippe and queen Mathilde are back in Belgium, after holidays in France and a short visit to the Rio Olympics.

They visited the police constabulary of Charleroi that was attacked past weekend. A man with a machete severly wounded two police women.



Friday, 5 August 2016

Rio Olympics

5 August 2016

In the morning the King and Queen of the Belgians met representatives of KIYO, a Belgian ngo that works with street children in Rio de Janeiro. 

The visit had been initially planned in a favella where more than 100 children prepared a musical. However the Brazilian authorities vetod the visit shortly before it was to take place. 

In the end Philippe & Mathilde talked to a delgation of KIYO in the yard of the Museum for Modern Art.


In the evening they attended a reception for the heads of state, hosted by president Michel Temer.

Mathilde talking to Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo. Behind her: crown princess Mary of Denmark and John Kerry.

Afterwards the Belgian royal couple attended the official Opening Ceremony at the Maracana Stadion.

6 August 2016

In the morning the king anq queen watched judo in the company of princess Anne and her husband, Timothy Lawrence.

Later they visited the olympic village and met Belgian athletes.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

French Holidays

July-August 2016

The family is holidaying at the French Ile d'Yeu where tourist Bart Billen spotted them earlier in a coffee bar ...

... and Alexis Rousseau saw them in church at Sunday mass.

Magazine "TV Familie" published photos.

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