zaterdag 29 oktober 2016

Flashback: Funeral of queen Fabiola

12 December 2014

Queen Fabiola's funeral was held at the Saints Michel et Gudule cathedral in Brussels.

A second, smaller service was held at the Notre-Dame of Laken church, Fabiola's own parish.

Video of the entire ceremony:

vrijdag 28 oktober 2016

Young Talents

27 October 2016

After a Mathilde Foundation workshop in the morning and a museum visit in the afternoon, Mathilde had another activity at night.

At Laken castle, she and king Philippe hosted a dinner for young talented professionals.

Their guests were:

- Alexia Leysen of vegetarian initiative "Dagen Zonder Vlees".
- Julie Foulon, co-founder of "Molengeek", a coworking space in Molenbeek.
- Maxime Parmentier, CEO of  The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
- Pieterjan Bouten, CEO of software company "Showpad".
- Benjamin Rieder, CEO of eco deliveries "Bubble post".
- Sam Deltour, psychiatrist and Polar explorer.
- Nathalie Crutzen, director of "Smart City Insitute" at Liège university.
- Stephanie De Smedt, editor-in-chief of newspaper "De Tijd".

Elisabeth's statue

Artist Jan Fabre has made a marble statue of crown princess Elisabeth, dressed in her everyday clothes and wearing a party hat, called "My Future Queen".


The statue is part of Fabre's Hermitage exhibition "Knight of Despair/Warrior of Beauty". In his series "My Queens", Fabre depicts the most important women in his life. "Soon we'll have a woman running or country. I wanted to give her a central spot. I gave her a carnaval's hat, a Belgian crown: the crown of Belgian vitality, of daftness."


Court didn't know about the statue. Elisabeth has been said to find her first statue "quite amusing".

donderdag 27 oktober 2016

Expo "Op zoek naar Utopia"

27 October 2016

In the afternoon, queen Mathilde visited the exhibition "In Search of Utopia" at Museum M in Leuven.



Mathilde Foundation: Each One Teach One

27 October 2016

In the morning, queen Mathilde attended a meeting of the 17 organisations that will receive financial support from the Queen Mathilde Foundation, at the Karel Buls Atheneum in Brussels.

All of them responded to the 2016 "Each One Teach One" call of the Mathilde Foundation.

They exchanged experiences and good practices on tutoring projects, by and for students.

woensdag 26 oktober 2016

Olympic Athletes

26 October 2016

King Philippe, queen Mathilde and princess Astrid hosted a reception at Laken castle for the Belgian olympic and paralympic athletes who participated in the Rio Olympics 2016.

Melissa Maas acted as lady-in-waiting.

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