Friday, 30 June 2017

Paola's 80th birthday celebration

29 June 2017

Even though her birthday is on the 11th of September, queen Paola's 80th birthday was officially celebrated today, at the Reine Elisabeth Music Chapel in Argenteuil with a concert followed by a reception.




All of Paola's children and grandchildren were present, with the exception of princess Laura.



Clotilde Boël was present as Mathilde's lady-in-waiting.




Crown princess Elisabeth's pretty Maje dress was also seen on Pippa Middleton.


Among the guests: Edouard Vermeulen.


video of the cutting of the cake:
https://www.facebook.com/PlaceRoyale/videos/10154500936902161/
Notice how there seems to be no interaction between Philippe's children and their cousins, whilst Astrid & Laurent's children do interact. Significant of the irritations/jealousies these past years?






Emmanuel has joined his older sister & brother in wearing braces.






Thursday, 29 June 2017

Earlier this week: Zara Home

24 June 2017

Last Saturday, queen Mathilde was spotted shopping at Zara Home, at Avenue Louise in Brussels.


She was on her own, discreetly but closely flollowed by a bodyguard.

videohttp://soirmag.lesoir.be/101495/article/2017-06-26/la-reine-mathilde-fait-les-soldes-chez-zara-video

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

David Beasley

28 June 2017

Queen Mathilde had a meeting with David Beasley, Executive Director of World Food Programme at the castle of Laken.


They talked about the SDGs and eradicating famine.


Belgian Mayors

27 June 2017

King Philippe and queen Mathilde hosted a recepetion at Laken castle for the current Belgian mayors. About 500 of them accepted the invitation.




Princess Astrid and her husband Lorenz also attended the reception.

video: http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/binnenland/1.3011346

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Patronages & Memberships

Queen Mathilde has a granted her royal patronage to:

- Europa Donna Belgium    
http://www.europadonna.be/


- SOS Child Villages Belgium
https://www.sos-kinderdorpen.be/sos-belgi%C3%AB


- Brailleliga Belgium
http://www.braille.be/nl/over-ons/nieuws/2015/05/eerbetoon-van-koningin-mathilde-aan-de-brailleliga


- Antwerp Royal Ballet School


- Handicap International
http://www.handicapinternational.be/nl/actueel/prinses-mathilde-geeft-opnieuw-hoge-bescherming


- Youth Start
http://www.youthstart.be/index.php?id=42&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=45&cHash=d611ce86c9492c8906443c4eb6693d49


- Fondation Charcot


- The Queen Elisabeth Music Competition
http://www.bozar.be/en/activities/80618-queen-elisabeth-competition---violin-2015

- Young Belgian Strings


Queen Mathilde grants her protection to Stichting Lezen.


and to the Société Royale Protectrice de l'Enfance.

Queen Mathilde is the honorary chair of UNICEF Belgium.
http://www.unicef.be/nl/over-unicef/beroemdheden-en-unicef/koningin-mathilde-unicef/


The queen has been appointed a special representative for UNAIDS, focusing on children and AIDS.
https://www.unicef.org/people/media_27174.html

Queen Mathilde has been appointed as a UN advocate for Sustainable Development Goals.
http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sdgadvocates/


Queen Mathilde is an honorary board member of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
http://www.schwabfound.org/content/foundation-board


Queen Mathilde is a member of the International Centre for Research on Women's Leadership Council.


She's also the honorary chairwoman of Child Focus


And the honorary chair of the King Boudewijn Foundation.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Flashback: Trade Mission to China

May 2000

Princess  Mathilde accompanied her husband, prince Philippe on a trade mission to China. The couple had been married for 6 months.

4th May, 2000

Philippe & Mathilde board the plane, leaving for a two-week journey.




10th May, 2000

Visit to the Forbidden City.

 










11th May, 2000

Reception in Hongkong.







 Gala dinner in a Hong Kong hotel.









12th May, 2000

Visit to the Nautical School in Hong Kong.







Dinner hosted by Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-Hwa.


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