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(VIDEOS) TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visit VRT.

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On the morning of May 28, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited public broadcasting company for the Flemish region, Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT), in Brussels.

Upon their arrival to the television station Their Majesties were warmly welcomed by current VRT CEO, Mr. Leo Hellemans, and VRT’s Chairman of Board, Mr. Luc Van den Brande.

After attending a meeting, whereupon Their Majesties were informed about the on-going challenges facing the public broadcasting network (as all public networks around the world deal with), they were given a tour of the station’s studios including “..where VRT’s television news bulletins are made, the studio used by the VRT’s children’s television network ‘Ketnet’ and the studio used by the consumer affairs program ‘Volt’…” writes VRT via a press release.

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(VIDEO) His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Hosts a Reception. Plus, Other News.

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On May 27, 2015, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium hosted a reception at Château de Laeken for representatives of the Jewish community in Belgium.  Earlier, His Majesty accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Mathilde held an audience with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, at the Palais de Bruxelles.

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TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Host a Luncheon.

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On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium hosted a luncheon at the Palais de Bruxelles for jury members from the Concours Reine Élisabeth (Queen Elisabeth Music Competition).

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His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Attends a Reception at the Palais de Bruxelles.

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On Thursday, May 21, 2015, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium attended a reception at the Palais de Bruxelles with members of the Confrerie du Maitrank d’Arlon confraternity.

During today’s event His Majesty was inducted as the Grand Echanson d’Honneur de la Royale Confrérie du Maitrank d’Arlon of the group.

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(VIDEOS) Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attends an Inauguration at the Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen.

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On Thursday, May 21, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended the inauguration of the maternity and children’s wing at the Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen (UZA) hospital in Edegem.

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(VIDEO) Two Queens, One Exhibition.

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived at the Lange Voorhout in Den Haag to view the exhibition, Vormidable: Contemporary Flemish Sculpture.  This special exhibition is being held on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of cultural cooperation between Flanders and The Netherlands.

According to a press release, via the Museum Beelden aan Zee, the exhibition:

“…has over thirty-five participating artists showcasing various themes. Some explore the limits of sculpture by making use of elements borrowed from theatre and performance art, others are primarily engaged with the human condition. In this, probably more traditional, side of Flemish sculpture, the human image recurrently returns, visualizing feelings of angst, doubt and uncertainty.

Other artists seek a more sensory perception of sculpture. A one-person prison that locks for a minute brings a physical experience. As does a transparent plastic in which the visitor assumes a sculptural pose that endures due to a vacuum: the person is ‘suspended’ in the sculpture and breathes through a plastic tube.

Analogous to Belgian surrealism, artists and curators play with the notion of scale in this exhibition. Sculpture of monumental size is on display along the Lange Voorhout in The Hague, while the human scale is presented in Museum Beelden aan Zee – and, in the last exhibition room, dozens of scale models and miniatures are on show.”

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TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Host a Reception.

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On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium hosted a reception at Château de Laeken in Brussels for representatives from the Asia Society Policy Institute. Tonight’s gathering was held “…in the framework ahead of the state visit to China in June 2015…” notes the Belgian royal court.

The ASPI tackles major policy challenges now confronting the Asia-Pacific in security, prosperity, sustainability, and the development of common norms and values for the region.

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HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium Meets With Artists.

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On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium welcomed two well-known contemporary artists from China, Mr. Liu Xiaodong and Ms. Yu Hong, to the Palais Royal in Brussels.

This morning’s meeting was held in connection with the upcoming (June 2015) state visit to spectacular China.

If you would like to learn more about the works by Mr. Liu Xiaodong and Ms. Yu Hong please click here and here.

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TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attend an Evening Concert.

 

 

On the evening of May 11, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended the concert, Best of Belgium, in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Ancienne Belgique concert hall in Brussels.

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Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Views the Exhibition, Work/Travail/Arbeid.

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On the afternoon of Friday, May 8, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived at the WIELS Contemporary Art Center in Brussels to view the new live exhibition dance piece entitled, Work/Travail/Arbeid.  This unique exhibition was created by Ms. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in collaboration with Rosas and the WIELS Contemporary Art Center.

Per a press release via the WIELS:

“What would it mean for choreography to perform as an exhibition? This question is the point of departure for ‘Work/Travail/Arbeid’. In response, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker reimagines her piece ‘Vortex Temporum’ for the radically different temporal, spatial, and perceptual conditions of a museal space. The choreographer does not simply bring a dance performance into a new kind of space, but rethinks it as a nine weeks long exhibition, accessible to the public and continuously performed during regular opening hours.

The original length of the choreography, made for the condensed time and space of a stage performance, will thus be entirely reinvented so as to extend itself across a new time and space. The result is a project that transforms the very material and conditions that have long been essential to dance, and in particular the rigorous structuring and choreographic écriture for which De Keersmaeker is known, into an entirely new exhibition form.”

Work/Travail/Arbeid will be open to the public until May 17, 2015.

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(VIDEOS) His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Visits the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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 On Friday, May 8, 2015, His Majesty King Philippe paid his respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at the Colonne du Congrès in Brussels in connection with the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War II.

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Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Presides Over an Award Ceremony.

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On Thursday, May 7, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium presided over the 2015 Prix Reine Mathilde, a prize which is awarded annually to an organization which deals with vulnerable young people in society, at the Palais Royal in Brussels.  This year the award went to Kruiskenshoeve from East Flanders.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of Belgium Baptizes a Ship.

On May 6, 2015, Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of Belgium accompanied by her parents, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, baptized the new P902 patrol ship, Pollux, at the Zeebrugge Naval Base in West Flanders.

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