Belgium

Queen Mathilde marks a special anniversary on an anniversary of her own

Exactly two decades after she began her path to a throne, Queen Mathilde put the spotlight on a cause that has been hugely important to her throughout her time as a royal. On the twentieth anniversary of her engagement to the future King Philippe, Mathilde celebrated the centenary of vital work to protect children and mothers in her country. The Queen of the Belgians was at an event marking 100…
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Who is Queen Paola of Belgium?

Donna Paola Margherita Maria Antonia Consiglia Ruffo di Calabria was born on 11 September 1937 at Villa Claudia in Forte dei Marmi, Italy, as the seventh and youngest child of Prince Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, a First World War flying ace, and Countess Luisa Gazelli, a…
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Queen Mathilde visits Venice Biennale

Queen Mathilde visited the Venice Biennale last week to view art at the Belgian Pavilion as part of the illustrious art festival. The exhibition, called MONDO CANE, is a display of artwork by Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys and curated by Anne-Claire Schmitz, and “depicts a society that is folded in on itself where tradition is erected as a refuge,” per the Pavilion’s website. Embed…
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Queen Mathilde to promote music on national television

Queen Mathilde of Belgium will feature in a new programme about music for eight weeks on national television. In the programme, Her Majesty will receive young musicians at the Royal Palace and hear them play their instrument. Her Majesty Queen Mathilde has never hidden…
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Belgian and Dutch royals head back to school

Yesterday, the Belgian and Dutch royal children headed back to school after their summer holidays. Photo: King Willem-Alexander For Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, this year began at a new school. She joined her older sisters, Princesses Amalia and Alexia at Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague, and proud father, King Willem-Alexander was ready with the video camera to film his…
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Former French home of King Leopold II of Belgium sells for 200 million Euro

The historic Villa des Cèdres in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, once the summer home of Belgian royalty, has sold for a jaw-dropping 200 million Euro this month to an unspecified buyer. The 18,000-square-foot property was built in 1830 and operated as an olive tree farm until it was acquired by the second King of Belgium, Leopold II, in 1904. He used it as a holiday home and spent time on the French…
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