Saturday, 30 May 2015

Queen Elisabeth Competition: finals

As patron of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition (in 2015: for violin), queen Mathilde was present at the finals at Bozar in Brussels.

25 May 2015

Queen Mathilde and king Philippe watched William Ching-Yi Wei and Tobias Feldmann play.
Lindsay Edwards accompanied them.


26 May 2015

Queen Mathilde and hereditary grand duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg watched Thomas Reif and Mohri Fumika play.
They were accompanied by Melissa Maas.

28 May 2015

Queen Mathilde and crown princess Elisabeth watched Xiao Wang and William Hagen play.
Patricia Vlerick accompanied them.

30 May 2015

Queen Mathilde and baroness Françoise Tulkens watched Lim Ji Youn and Stephen Waarts play on the final night of the Queen Elisabeth Competition.

Françoise Tulkens is a international professor in human rights and a judge. She's a member of the board of the King Boudewijn Foundation.

They were accompanied by Clothilde Boël.

At the end of the evening the winner was proclaimed: Lim Ji Youn. 

Friday, 29 May 2015

Family: Hélène at the museum

25 April 2015

Mathilde's sister, countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz visited a Chagall exhibition at the Museum for Fine Arts in Brussels with her husband, Nicolas Janssen and their children, Cordelia and Alistair.

Thursday, 28 May 2015


28 May 2015

King Philippe & queen Mathilde visited VRT broadcasting company in Brussels.


They attended a meeting on the challenges the company is currently facing, they were shown the newsroom and children's channel Ketnet.


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Ban Ki-Moon

27 May 2015

King Philippe & queen Mathilde have granted an audience to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon and his wife at the royal palace in Brussels.


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Queen Elisabeth Competition: lunch

26 May 2015

Queen Mathilde & king Philippe hosted a lunch for the jury members of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, at the royal palace in Brussels.

Private: shopping for the children

Two of the current royal warrant holders are shops where Mathilde regularly buys items for her children. Both of them are Belgian family businesses.

"La Buissonnière" is a classic BCBG clothes brand for children. Every season a special preview is held for the royal children at the shop in Wavre. Their nanny and Mathilde's secretary make a selection of clothes that the children try on at home. Afterwards Mathilde orders the sizes and colours.

The brand also dressed prince William and prince Harry of Wales when they were small children.


"Serneels" is a traditional style toy shop in Brussels. Among its customers are the Belgian royal family, grand duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg and queen Rania of Jordan. When picking board games for her children, queen Mathilde always looks for an educational element, says director Brigitte Serneels. Nowadays the queen is often accompanied by her eldest daughter, crown princess Elisabeth who advises Mathilde on what to buy.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Flashback: wedding of princess Victoria of Sweden & Daniel Westling

18 June 2010

Prewedding activities for crown princess Victoria of Sweden and Mr Daniel Westling.

Arrival of the royal guests in Stockholm, Sweden





Concert at the Eric Ericsson Hall


19 June 2010: Wedding day

Wedding ceremony


Gathering at the balcony of the royal palace


dinner & dance


The day after the wedding, princess Mathilde & princess Claire went shopping in Stockholm just like many other royals.

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