Friday, 27 March 2015

Entourage: Mathilde's ladies-in-waiting

Queen Mathilde has 5 ladies-in-waiting

1. vicountess Laurence de Ghellinck d'Elseghem Vaernewijck: Laurence (°1970) studied economics and international relations. She's married to Xavier van de Werve de Schilde, a major in the Belgian army. They live in Hoegaarden and have 3 children: Wauthier (°1996), Pierre (°1999) and Elodie (°2003). 

Laurence is also the sister-in-law of Mathilde's close friend, Stéphanie de Radiguès de Chennevière - she was one of Mathilde's witnesses at her wedding. Stéphanie's husband and Laurence's husband are brothers.

Laurence's sons Wauthier van de Werve (on the right)

 and Pierre van de Werve 

2. Melissa Maas: Pharmacist Melissa Maas-Van Waeyenberge owns two pharmacies, in Antwerpen en Wijnegem. When her brother died of leukaemia she founded the "Jeugd Leukemie Fonds", a Foundation for children suffering from the disease. Melissa lives in Schoten.

3. Clotilde Boël: Clotilde de Peñaranda de Franchimont (°1968) studied art history. She is married to Harold Boël, CEO of financial holding "Sofina". They have two daughters, Agnès Boël (°1997) and Charlotte Boël (°1995). The Boëls are one of the wealthiest and most powerful families of Belgium.


Clotilde's daughters: Agnès (left) and Charlotte Boël (right)

4. Baroness Patricia Vlerick: Patricia Bouckaert is the daughter of the late Léon Bouckaert, who organized the Waregem horse races. she's also an inlaw of the wealthy Beaulieu textile group. Patricia's husband, Philippe Vlerick is a big real estate owner, a succesful manager in the textile industry, and a director of KBC group. He's also an advisor for Belgian Foreign Trade. Philippe Vlerick was ennobled by King Albert in 2009. Patricia carries her husband's title as well.
Patricia and Philippe Vlerick have 4 children: Michael, David, Elisa and Barbara (married to Alexandre Cardon).

5. Lindsay Edwards: British born Lindsay Edwards studied Dutch in London and has been living in Belgium for 15 years. She runs a translation company in Schaerbeek that's employed by court and by the Belgian embassy in London. Lindsay's husband is a diplomat.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Flanders Fashion Fuel + Expo "Dries Van Noten: Inspirations"

26 March 2015

Queen Mathilde met Belgian fashion designers for the project "Flanders Fashion Fuel".

Afterwards she visited the Dries Van Noten exhibition at fashion museum MoMu in Antwerp. She was given a tour by the designer himself.


King Boudewijn Foundation

26 March 2015

Queen Mathilde has accepted the honorary chairmanship of the Fondation Roi Baudouin / Koning Boudewijnstichting.

She succeeds the late queen Fabiola in this role.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Martin Schultz

25 March 2015

King Philippe & queen Mathilde had lunch with Martin Schulz at the castle of Laken.

Schulz is the president of the European Parliament.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Expo "Facing Time - Rops/Fabre"

24 March 2015

Queen Mathilde visited the exhibition "Facing Time - Rops/Fabre" at the Musée Félicien Rops and on other locations in in Namur.

Artist Jan Fabre accompanied her.

Fabre signed the catalogue with the words "For my bionic queen" referring to her knee brace. Mathilde replied: "I've been called all sorts of things but that's a first!"

Thursday, 19 March 2015


19 March 2015

King Philippe and queen Mathilde made a visit to Belgian TV & radio broadcasting company "RTBF" in Brussels.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Teach for Belgium

18 March 2015

Queen Mathilde had a meeting in Brussels with a group of teachers who participate in the project "Teach for Belgium".

Teach for Belgium motivates teachers to work in schools that have a large number of socially & economically challenged pupils.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015


17 March 2015

Queen Mathilde visited the "Bednet" project of the Sint-Aloysius College in Menen.

Bednet provides education through the internet for children who suffer a long or chronic illness and can't attend regular classes.

Via internet pupil Ellen Bettens follows classes from home. She's recovering from brain surgery. Mathilde participated in a class.

Afterwards Ellen made a visit to class, for this special occasion.

There was an evaluation with the staff.

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