Monday, 16 October 2017

Coming Up: State Visit to India

In a few weeks time, king Philippe and queen Mathilde will make a state visit to India.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Family: Charles-Henri at a wedding

Mathilde's brother recently attended the wedding of Nina Peers de Nieuwburg (29) and French Philippe Chevalier-Chantepie, at the Thenissey castle of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain in France (the groom's parents' estate).

The groom is a policy advisor at the European Parliament, the bride works in the beer industry.

Count Charles-Henri d'Udekem and Elodie De Puyt.

Prince Charles de Merode and his Mexican wife, Guada Lascurain.

German duchess Sophie von Württemberg and her French fiancé, count Maximilien d'Andigné

Princess Charlotte de Bourbon Parme & boyfriend, Amaury d'Hose

Count Philippe de Clermont-Tonnerre with his daughters, Pauline, Blanche and Joséphine de Clermont-Tonnerre.

Duke Paul von Oldenburg & Pilar Mendez de Vigo with their sons, Paul and Louis. (Philippe & Mathilde were guests at their wedding back in the day:

Countess Victoria de Looz-Corswarem, prince Félix de Merode and count & countess Jean-Baptiste de Looz-Corswarem.

Count Nicolas du Chastel de La Howarderie and countess Arnaud de Pontac.

Countess Aymeric de Villelume and Marie-Adélaïde de la Barre de Nanteuil (mother of Maximilien d'Andigné).

Viscount & viscountess Roland de Biolley, Charlotte Reyntiens and countess Arnold de Looz-Corswarem.

 The marquess and marchioness de La Roche Aymon.

The groom with his grandmother, and his mother, 

The groom's brother, Alexandre Chevallier-Chantepie, with Jeanne-Marie Berghmans and Elisabeth de Potesta.

Countess Arnould de Looz-Corswarem and her granddaughters, Joy & Inès de Pontac.

Countess Constance de Liedekerke and Edward Peers de Nieuwburgh.

Count Dominique de la Barre d’Erquelinne and his wife.

Mother of the bride, countess Marina de Looz-Corswarem, and father of the groom, Guirec Chevallier-Chantepie.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Aide et Soins à Domicile

13 October 2017

Queen Mathilde visited a center of  the home nursing organisation "Aide et Soins à Domicile" at Jambes.

After talking to the nursing staff, she accompanied a nurse on a home visit.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017

12 October 2017

Queen Mathilde visited the Frankfurter Buchmesse in Germany where she met Belgian authors, artists and publishers.

France hosts the Buchmesse this year.

Before the visit, the queen participated in a working lunch on the international success of Belgium's French literature.

Video, where Mathilde tells illustrator Kitty Crowther that she's read a lot of her books to her children:

"Cette année, la Buchmesse de Francfort parle français. Et tout le monde en parle…Mais Francfort « parle aussi le belge », et nous sommes réunis aujourd’hui pour célébrer la belle langue de notre pays." (...)

(...) "Je  suis très attachée à la littérature en général. Comme la musique, les livres sont  activement présents dans ma vie. Je dirais même qu’ils en sont indissociables. J’essaie donc de transmettre cette passion pour les livres à mes enfants. "

Mathilde was interviewed by a German child reporter of ZDF for TV show "Logo", in English.

Queen Mathilde explained that she reads together with her children, every day. Sharing literature is a way to discover new adventures and talk about emotions. Books have always been a part of her life, as a child she was fond of comic books, nowadays she loves novels and historical books. 

Are there times she doesn't feel a queen? When I'm at home I'm in the first place my husband's wife and the mother of 4 children. We spend a lot of time doing homework, activities and sports.

What would you choose: French fries or caviar? Oh, that's so difficult, I can't choose.

Beyoncé or Beethoven? Beethoven is very important to me. 

Rula Ghani

11 October 2017

Queen Mathilde had a meeting with Rula Ghani, Afghanistan's first lady, at the royal palace in Brussels.

They discussed the SDG's. Queen Mathilde's a very implicated SDG advocate for the UN. She focusses on quality education - especially for girls, women's rights and quality health care, including mental health care.

Europalia Indonesia

10 October 2017

King Philippe and queen Mathilde granted an audience to Mr Jusuf Kalla, vice president of Indonesia, and his wife.

At noon they had a working lunch at the royal palace of Brussels, in the company of princess Astrid.

In the afternoon the royal and presidential couple officially opened and visited the exhibition "Europalia Indonesia. Ancestors and Rituals" at Bozar.

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