Thursday, 22 June 2017

Henry Kissinger

21 June 2017

King Philippe & queen Mathilde recieved 94 year old former US secretary of state, Henry Kissinger at the castle of Laken, in connection to an Asia Society event.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Child Focus

21 June 2017

Queen Mathilde attended a study day by Child Focus in Brussels. Theme: children who run away from home.

Flashback: Wedding of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands & Petra Laurentien Brinkhorst

17th of May 2001

Religious wedding of prince Constantijn and his longtime girlfriend, Petra Laurentien Brinkhorst. The couple lived in Brussels for over 15 years. Mathilde and Laurentien know each other well. 

Prince Edward of Britain and his wife, the countess of Wessex.

Princess Alexandra zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg & husband count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Elgutt. They divorced in 2017.

Prince Hassan & princess Sarvath of Jordan.

Prince Guillaume & princess Sybilla of Luxembourg.

Prince Laurent of Belgium with prince Kardam & princess Myriam of Bulgaria. Kardam died in 2015.

Prince Akishino & princess Kiko of Japan.

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway.

Crown prince Haakon of Norway & his fiancée, Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby.

Crown princess Victoria of Sweden.

Crown prince Philippe & princess Mathilde who was pregnant with her first child. 

Crown prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his fiancée, Máxima Zorreguieta.

Princess Margriet & Pieter Van Vollenhove accompanied prince Bernhard - who died in 2004.

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her husband, prince Claus who died a year later, in 2002.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

King Boudewijn Prize 2017

20 June 2017

King Philippe, queen Mathilde and princess Astrid were present at the royal palace for the award ceremony of the King Baudouin Prize for African Development.

On the third row: Mathilde's former advisor, Anick Van Calster who now works for foreign affairs.

Prior to the award ceremony, the king and queen granted an audience to the laureates: BarefootLaw from Uganda, Farmerline from Ghana and Kytabu from Kenya.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

16 June 2017

King Philippe & queen Mathilde hosted a lunch for German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife at the castle of Laken.

Federal Award for Fighting Poverty 2017

16 June 2017

Queen Mathilde was present at the award ceremony of the Federal Award for Fighting Poverty, at CeMÔME in Saint-Gilles (Brussels).

This year the award focused on single parents and on the profesional reintegration of long time unemployed persons.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

QEC - Closing Concert

15 June 2017

Queen Mathilde & king Philippe attended the closing concert of the very first Queen Elisabeth Competition for Cello, at Bozar in Brussels.

Patricia Vlerick acted as lady-in-waiting.

Cultural Lunch

15 June 2017

The king and queen hosted a lunch at Laken castle for representatives of the cultural world who show creativity and commitment in promoting Belgian culture abroad.

The guests were:

- Laurent Busine, honorary director of museum MAC's
- Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, director of Ballet van Vlaanderen
- Chris Dercon, intendant of Volsbühne Berlin
- Artist Ann Veronica Janssens
- Jan Raes, Director of Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam
- Illustrator François Schuiten
- Serge Rangoni, Director of the Théâtre de Liège
- Film director Jaco Van Dormael
- Ivo Van Hove, director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam
- Author David Van Reybrouck

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Belgian SDG Charter

14 June 2017

Queen Mathilde presided a round table conference with some of the companies who have signed the "Belgian SDG Charter for international cooperation and development".

The meeting took place at Vyncke in Harelbeke. This entrepreneur of the year specializes in green energy.


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