Saturday, 23 September 2017

Flashback: engagement

Monday 13 September 1999

The couple surprised the press by walking towards them and briefly answering questions.

When Mathilde was asked what had attracted her in the prince, she answered: "his profoundness". Would she continue her work as a speech therapist? "I don't think so". How will your life as a princess be? Mathilde: "I don't know yet, we'll have to wait and see". Doesn't the prospect of royal life scare you? "I'm sure Philippe will help me".

After having answered briefly to questions in French and Dutch, Mathilde also launched a "Ciao a tutti" to the Italian press, stumbling a bit over her words.

Philippe insisted on telling the press that their love had developped naturally. No-one had set them up. When he met Mathilde, he knew she was the one. The time was right.

Then there was a short reception where the press was asked to turn their microphones off.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Visit to Namur

21 September 2017

King Philippe and queen Mathilde visited "Bébé Bus" in Sombreffe, a mobile child care unit.

Patricia Vlerick acted as lady-in-waiting.

In Namur the king and queen got acquainted with start-up hub "TRAKK".



Finally they stopped at the Asty-Moulin technical school.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Private: Car Free Sunday

17 September 2017

The royal couple and their children took part privately in the Car Free Sunday that was held in Brussels.

They made a stop at the Musée des Egouts (sewage museum) for a tour.

Private: Shopping at Mango

16 September 2017

Student Lise De Backer tweeted she saw queen Mathilde in a Mango store.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Flashback: A Walk in the Park

Spring of 2002

Mathilde, Philippe and Elisabeth participated in a photo shoot in the park of Laken.

Friday, 15 September 2017


15 September 2017

Queen Mathilde visited Eurofleurs, the European championship for young florists. It was held in Sint-Truiden.

Patricia Vlerick acted as lady-in-waiting.


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