Sunday, 13 August 2017

Salzburger Festspiele

12 August 2017

As part of their summer holidays, king Philippe, queen Mathilde and the 4 children are currently in Salzburg, Austria where they attended the famous Salzburger Festspiele. They watched Verdi's opera "Aida".

Friday, 11 August 2017

Flashback: wedding of countess Elisabeth d'Udekem d'Acoz & markgraf Alfonso Pallavicini

22nd July 2006

Mathilde's sister Elisabeth (29) - who was promoted from jonkvrouw to countess when Mathilde married Philippe, married markgraf Alfonso Pallavicini (42) at the Saint-Pierre parish church of her home town, Bastogne.

Elisabeth wore a d'Udekem family veil. It dates from the mid 19th century and was restaured for the wedding. 

Witnesses at the religious ceremony were: Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem d'Acoz, countess Honorine d’Ursel, marquis Edouardo Pallavicini, Prince Hugo von Liechtenstein, Hervé Thibaut de Maisières and Alexandra Olsufief.

The mass was in French, Italian and German.

Duchess Honorine d'Ursel (in blue).

Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz (in pink) & Alexandra Olsufief (in orange)

Elisabeth wore a diamond tiara. Her wedding gown was by Natan.

Princess Elisabeth & prince Gabriel acted as bridesmaid and pageboy.


Parents of the bride & groom: countess Anna Komorowska, markgravine Pallavicini, count Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz

Princess Mathilde, prince Philippe & queen Fabiola

prince Maximilian and princess Angela von und zu Liechtenstein

Duchess Helena in Bayern

Duchess Maria Anna & duchess Elizabeth in Bayern

Countess Fleur von Goëss and her cousin prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans. Charles-Philippe was Elisabeth's former boyfriend.

Prince Laurent, princess Claire & their daughter, princess Louise of Belgium

Princess Sonia Poniatowski with count Louis de Limburg Stirum and his wife, Belén López y Montero.

Baroness Priscilla de Broqueville and her sister, baroness Astrid de Broqueville.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Ile d'Yeu Holidays 2017

4 August 2017

As usual Philippe, Mathilde & their children spent part of their summer holidays on the French Ile d'Yeu, an island of about 23 km² on the Atlantic coast, in front of Saint Jean de Monts.

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