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King Philippe reveals details of his special birthday celebrations

The King of the Belgians turns 60 in April and to mark this big birthday, he’s hosting a very special party. Philippe and his wife, Queen Mathilde, will throw open the doors of Laeken Castle to one hundred people born on the same day as the monarch. Their guests will be treated to an afternoon of celebrations at the famous Belgian royal residence. To be invited, you have to be Belgian and…
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King and Queen of Belgium visit New York

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium have concluded a two-day visit to New York City. Their Majesties travelled to the Big Apple as Belgium holds the presidency this month for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). 🕊 #BelgiumUNSCTheir Majesties the King and the Queen have arrived together with Foreign Minister @PhGoffin at our Belgian Permanent Representation to the @UN for…
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Delphine Boël's road to recognition

In a very unexpected statement, King Albert II of Belgium admitted that he is indeed the father of Delphine Boël. The statement has made an end to a seven-year-long legal battle between father and daughter. But who exactly is Delphine Boël? And how come King Albert II has…
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Princess Astrid of Belgium on a five-day visit to Nepal

Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium has arrived in Nepal for a five-day official visit. The sister of King Philippe is in the country in her capacity as Honorary President of the Damien Foundation. Princess Astrid of Belgium is currently undertaking her first official engagements abroad of this year. The Princess, who also leads the trade delegations of Belgium, has travelled to Nepal…
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Who is Queen Mathilde of the Belgians?

Mathilde Marie Christiane Ghislaine d’Udekem d’Acoz was born on 20 January 1973. She is the oldest child of Jonkheer Patrick d’Udekem d’Acoz and his wife, Countess Anna Maria Komorowska. Through her mother’s paternal family, Mathilde has Polish noble ancestry, as…
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Which royals are buried at the Crypt at Laeken?

The Royal Crypt at Laeken (near Brussels) in Belgium is the final resting place of the Belgian royals. It is inside the Église Notre-Dame and was built in memory of Queen Louise of Belgium (born Louise of Orléans), who was the second wife of King Leopold I – who had…
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The Royal 2010s: Looking back at the accession of King Philippe

The 2010s were a decade filled with many major royal events, including the accession of several new monarchs. One of the countries that saw that change was Belgium. After an almost 20 year reign, King Albert II announced on 3 July 2013 that he would abdicate in favour of his son, Philippe who was at the time the Duke of Brabant. On 21 July 2013, Albert formally abdicated. Approximately one hour…
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