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(VIDEO) His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Visits the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

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On July 2, 2015, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium arrived at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Heverlee, Belgium to visit with postgraduate students enrolled in the course, Innovating Entrepreneurship in Engineering.

During this afternoon’s visit two teams — Punch Powertrain Solar Team and Formula Electric Belgium — introduced His Majesty to “…an electric race car and a vehicle on solar energy, developed by the students…” according to AFP News.

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(VIDEOS) Belgian, Dutch, and Luxembourg Royals Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, and His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in Waterloo, Belgium.

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(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visits the 2015 EXPO Milano.

On Friday, June 12, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited the 2015 EXPO Milano, held under the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, in Milan, Italy.

After attending the National Day of Belgium opening ceremony Her Majesty accompanied by her delegation attended a luncheon held in her honor.  In the evening, Her Majesty attended a gala concert with a performance by Belgian singer, Orzak Henry.

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(VIDEOS) Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attends the 2015 Prix Francqui.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended the 2015 Prix Francqui held at the Palais des Académies in Brussels.  The winner of the award went to Professor Stefaan Vaes from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) for his “…ground-breaking work on the structure and classification of operator algebras.”

According to the Prix Francqui jury, via a press release, Professor Vaes:

“…findings have significantly improved all existing techniques in his field of research. In addition, Stefaan Vaes inspires an entire generation of young mathematicians in Belgium and beyond. The jury also recognised Professor Vaes for his efforts to make the abstract world of mathematics and applications including the search algorithms behind Google more accessible for the general public.” 

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Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Holds an Audience.

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On June 5, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium held an audience with the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, at the Palais de Bruxelles.

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TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attend an Award Ceremony.

On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium accompanied by Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduchess and Archduke of Austria-Este presided over the 2015 Prix International Roi Baudouin pour le Développement en Afrique held at the Palais de Bruxelles.

The award honors outstanding contributions of individuals or organizations in the development field in Africa.  The award also highlights the innovative initiatives which improve quality-of-life and empower local communities to take development into their own hands.

The winner of the 2015 Prix International Roi Baudouin pour le Développement en Afrique went to Mr. Deogratias Niyonkuru, founder of the organization ADISCO Burundi.  The organization received the award for their:

“…work in encouraging entrepreneurship and creating cooperatives and health insurance societies federated at national level, so as to strengthen the financial autonomy of individuals and sustainably change the conditions of living together for the people of Burundi…” 

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(VIDEOS) His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Attends a Ceremony in Kortrijk.

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On Sunday, May 31, 2015, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium attended a ceremony in Kortrijk to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Lys.

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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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