According to the Belgian royal court, during today’s visit Her Majesty was informed about the new project, Wikifin.be. Held under the theme, Financial Education: Managing your Money, An Asset for Life, this “…educational program aims to integrate financial education into the classroom.”
During today’s event, organized by the Fédération des Entreprises de Belgique and held under the theme Youth Employment, His Majesty participated in a roundtable discussion with “…entrepreneurs and young people…” according to the Belgian royal court.
According to Bloomberg Business, Mediafin NV specializes in publishing:
“…financial and economic news and information. The company publishes two newspapers De Tijd and L’Echo as well as magazines [such as] Netto, Mon Argent and Sabato…”
During yesterday’s visit Their Majesties were given a tour of the company’s headquarters and met with staff. The reigning couple also listened in on an editorial meeting with the editors of the newspaper, L’Echo.
On Thursday, September 24, 2015, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium accompanied by Belgian Minister-President, Mr. Rudi Vervoort, officially opened Train World at the Schaarbeek Station in Brussels.
Train World, a museum of Belgian railway company NMBS – SNCB, is a:
“…showcase for the railways of the past, present and future. Train world is not just another railway museum; we are more of a train opera. Train World combines the fascinating story of the train throughout the centuries with a look into the future; a combination that has been deliberately applied in every story.”
On Thursday, September 17, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium along with His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, and Their Royal Highnesses Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein participated in the annual meeting of the heads of state of German-speaking countries held at the beautiful Schloss Vaduz in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
Other attendees included the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, the President of Austria, Mr. Heinz Fischer, and the President of the Swiss Federation, Ms. Simonetta Sommaruga.
During today’s meeting discussions focused on “…current political issues including the current migrant crisis in Europe…” according to the newspaper, Vaterland.
Please click the links below to watch a video as well as to view photos from today’s meeting in Vaduz.
Photo courtesy of Vaterland
The day began in the city of Hasselt where Their Majesties visited the campus of the start-up company workspace, Corda INCubator. In the afternoon, the popular reigning couple visited the city of Maasmechelen where they toured the Vakantiehuis Fabiola. Whilst there they along with dozens of attendees celebrated the Vakantiehuis Fabiola’s 50th anniversary. Thereafter, Their Majesties visited Connecterra as well as attended a reception held in their honor at the City Hall.
To view watch a video as well as to view photos please click the links below.
On the evening of September 3, 2015, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium attended the 2016 Qualification Games held at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels.
His Majesty and hundreds of football fans cheered on the Belgium Red Devils as they competed against Bosnia Herzegovina. So who won the match? The Belgium Red Devils of course. 3-1. :)
Photo courtesy of Getty Images/ Y. Jansens
On Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived at the University of Antwerp to attend the National Immunization Program Managers meeting organized by the World Health Organization Europe Region.
According to the Belgian royal court during today’s meeting Her Majesty was “…informed [about various] scientific results of vaccinations and the impact of European vaccination programs [throughout] the European region…”
Photos courtesy of the University of Antwerp
On the morning of Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium accompanied by their children — Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Eléonore — attended a Te Deum Mass held on the occasion of Fête Nationale 2015 at the Cathédrale des Saints Michel-et-Gudule in Brussels.
Meanwhile, Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenez of Belgium, Archduchess and Archduke of Austria-Este attended a Te Deum Mass in Anvers (Antwerp).
Over in the city of Mons, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium attended a Te Deum Mass at the Collégiale Sainte Waudru.
In the afternoon, the Belgian royal family along with dozens of Belgian government officials watched a military parade in Brussels.
Later in the evenig the royal family, government officials, and proud Belgians watched an amazing firework show in the city center.
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Photo courtesy of Getty Images
On Monday, July 20, 2015, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium gave a pre-recorded speech on the occasion of Fête Nationale 2015.
A translation of His Majesty’s speech:
“Ladies and gentlemen,
The national holiday is a good opportunity to reflect on the quality of the links that unites us. These links are valuable. They are also constantly tested.
We live in an interconnected world, hyper-connected. Social media bring us closer. The advances in computer technology and the internet are fascinating. They have a fundamental impact on our lives, on our work. They offer an excellent asset to face the challenges of globalization and make our sustainable world. Indeed, the computer allows us to efficiently manage our business, health care, our production and our mobility, while reducing costs and impact on the environment.
But this hyper-connection also has shadows. Sometimes the virtual world into your lives and is imposed on us without our really have decided. Having significantly reduced the time and space, it pushes us to want everything immediately. This can lead to superficial relationships that no longer allow time to cement human ‘take’ and build sustainably. Furthermore, the information overload we often comes in the form of a “ready to think” pre-formatted. It may at times take precedence over a more personal reflection.
More than virtual or immediate, we need real and profound relations themselves are developing the personality and critical thinking, encourage them to give the best of oneself, let alone talent to express themselves fully and each of find his place in society.
During our travels around the country, the Queen and I have met many people who invest daily in this social and human capital. I think for example of these schools and to those companies that stimulate creativity and initiative. I think of those networks of entrepreneurs who help young people start their own business. I think of those associations which, through sports, theater and other activities, helping vulnerable people to give new impetus. All these initiatives are based on real relationships that are a renewable energy source for human society.
Similarly, it is essential to create strong and sincere real links between peoples. I again saw during our state visit to China. With federal, regional Prime Ministers and hundreds of businessmen and university rectors, we primarily sought to maintain a safe space in the interest of both countries. The links with China involve the future.
At the gates of Europe are held dramas that can not leave us indifferent. Civil wars are rampant, states disintegrate, thousands of refugees pour. It is illusory to think that we can isolate. Europe needs to support in countries that surround it, the forces that promote political and economic participation shares.
Finally, I want to talk about the links between the peoples of Europe. After dotted with centuries wars between Europeans has created a Union that benefits all countries that are members. The Union makes a unique mutual enrichment of peoples and cultures. We realize this unity through a common faith in the human being and the capital gain that arises from the sharing of our talents. When the European project through a difficult period, as is the case today, let’s avoid that our country rise up against each other. On the contrary, deepen the bonds between us on the basis of a newfound confidence.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Whether for ourselves, as citizens of our country, of Europe or of the world, yes, we are able to tell the difference by creating and nourishing deep, strong and lasting relationships. They are the cement of our civilization, our security and our future.
The Queen and I, and our entire family, wish you a great National Day.”
On Friday, July 17, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium inaugurated the exhibition, @yourservice, at Palais d’Egmont in Brussels.
Organized by the Belgian Foreign Affairs on the occasion of National Day the exhibition features works by various Belgian artists including Mr. Johan Muyle, Ms. Stéphane Halleux, and Mr. Michaël Aerts to name a few.
On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived at the Musée des Arts Contemporains de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (MAC) in Hornu to view Mr. Christian Boltanski’s exhibition entitled, La Salle de Pendus.
The exhibit, which is held on the occasion of the opening of Mons 2015 and is Mr. Boltanski his first major museum exhibition in Belgium, explores the “…themes of memory and remembrance with a series of installations based clothing materials also evoking home the theme of death…” according to the MAC official website.
La Salle de Pendus will be open to the public until August 16, 2015.