Queen Mathilde visited the Kazerne Dossin Memorial in Mechelen. From these barracks, (Belgian) Jews and gypsies were transported to be killed in Auschwitz. Today it's a memorial, museum and documentation centre on the holocaust and human rights.
The request to be guided through the exhibition by Vanderstraeten in person came from court. The author afterwards said Mathilde would make an excellent journalist: "She was very well prepared, asked the right questions and is an excellent listener".
The queen stayed an hour longer than had been planned.