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TM King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Host a Reception in Brussels.

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On the afternoon of Thursday, January 14, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium hosted a reception at the Palais Royal in Brussels for members of NATO and SHAPE.

(VIDEOS) Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Holds a Meeting with Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan in Brussels.

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On the afternoon of Tuesday, January 12, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium met with Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan at the Palais Royal in Brussels.

The purpose of the Her Majesty Queen Rania’s visit was to discuss the Syrian crisis as well as mobilizing international support for Jordan’s education system.

In a statement released by Her Majesty Queen Rania’s press office today’s meeting specifically focused on:

“…showcasing the struggles Jordanian citizens face in cities that are densely populated by Syrians. She highlighted the impact the crisis has had on Jordan’s resources, infrastructure, and especially schools, which have enrolled 150,000 Syrian students.  This has affected the quality of education at schools that have been forced to run double shifts, with teachers under pressure to handle larger numbers of students in each class.

Her Majesty’s meetings are part of Jordan’s extensive efforts at all levels, ahead of the Syria’s Donor Conference in London on February 4 where, education will be a key theme.” 

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Click here to watch a video news report of Her Majesty Queen Rania’s meeting with the Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Junker.

HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium Views an Exhibition at the Musée d’Ixelles.

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On Friday, January 8, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived at the Musée d’Ixelles in Brussels to view the exhibition, Nervia/Laethem-Saint-Martin: Traits d’union. 

This special exhibition showcases two Belgian arts groups that played an important role on the Belgian artistic scene during the interwar period: The Laethem group in the northern countries which included amongst others, Gustave Van de Woestyne and Valerius de Saedeleer and, in south, towards the Hainaut axis, Nervia, with Anto Carte and Léon Navez. These artists favoured a serene atmosphere and warm palette. Their works are brought together for the first time and reveal the numerous areas of convergence as well as the differences between the two groups.

Curated by Ms. Catherine Verleysen from the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand and Mr. Michel De Reymaeker from the Musée des Beaux-arts Mons,  developed the exhibition which emphasizes the similarities – of inspiration, form and technique – between the painters of Laethem-Saint-Martin and the Nervia group. They aimed to evoke a kinship rather than point out differences.

As such, they require the viewer to call upon some traditional knowledge such as chronology, remembering the old days, different influences and generations. But beyond this, they require a desire to see, to observe and to be freed from constraint in order to better understand the image.

Nervia/Laethem-Saint-Martin: Traits d’union will be open to the public until January 17, 2016 at the Musée d’Ixelles.

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Photo courtesy of the Belgian royal court

Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Hold a Reception at the Palais Royal.

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On the morning of Thursday, January 7, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium hosted a reception at the Palais Royal in Brussels for members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Belgium.

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(VIDEOS) His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Holds an Audience at the Palais Royal.

On the afternoon of January 5, 2016, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium held an audience with Belgian table tennis champion and Olympian, Mr. Jean-Michel Saive, at the Palais Royal in Brussels.

Last month — December 3 to be exact — Mr. Saive, who participated in the Olympic Games seven times, announced his retirement from the international sports scene.

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(VIDEO) Concert de Nöel au Palais Royal with the Belgian Royal Family.

Last Wednesday, December 16, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium accompanied by their four children — Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, Princess Eleonore — attended the Concert de Nöel held at the Palais Royal in Brussels.

Today, the Belgian network, RTL, has uploaded the entire performance on their site for all to enjoy.  If you decide to watch the concert you will enjoy a performance of Georg Friedrich Händel’s, Messiah, by the Concert d’Anvers and the Vlaams Radio Koor under the direction of Mr. Bart Van Reyn with soloists from the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth.

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(VIDEO) A Christmas Message From His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium.

On December 24, 2015, the Belgian royal court released a video taped Christmas message from His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium.  The video was filmed inside the Palais Royal in Brussels.

Below is a rough translation of His Majesty’s speech.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The Christmas holidays and New Year are an opportunity to reaffirm our hope for the future. At the end of the year we are unfortunately marked by the dramatic attacks in Paris and aware of the threats that continue to weigh on us. Beyond the horror that multiplies in various places in Europe and elsewhere, our democracies are facing a triple challenge: to defend, prevent, build. I have full confidence in our ability to carry out this task.

Faced with the threat of terrorism, our authorities have reacted with calm, speed and determination. I wish to pay tribute to all those who are committed and remain more than ever to ensure our safety, prosecute those responsible and prevent further attacks. Recent events have shown how important it is to invest in justice, police, army and intelligence services. I also want to thank you all, and especially the inhabitants of Brussels, for your dignified and responsible behavior during this difficult time.

Ladies and gentlemen,

To defend our society, it is also important not to be intimidated and not divide us. This is what our attackers looking. I am confident that we will remain united, citizens of an open country, where the vast majority of foreign compatriots seized the chances offered to them and share the values ​​of our country. They are the son and daughters of this country. Do not confuse those who abuse their faith with those who practice the universal values ​​of humanity.

Then, it seems important to return to what is the bedrock of our society, what we are absolutely committed: our values ​​and our house rules. This implies that we educate our children to respect the different religions and philosophical convictions. They have in common the desire to give meaning to life, to respect others, to be open to others. Respect for these common rules is zero tolerance in relation to hate speech. It’s fight day after day all forms of stigma and segregation. It is also helping people tempted by fanatical indoctrination to resist.

Finally, I am confident in our ability to build a more harmonious society. I would like for it to speak specifically to you young people, you who have a deep desire to believe in life, believe in yourself and believe in each other. Cultivate this ideal and investing your energy and talents in everything that brings. The harmony of a family, a neighborhood, a town, a region, a country, depends primarily on how we build relationships with each other.

Here is the meaning of life, in projects that recognize a place to another and that allow him to give the best of himself. It is the fanatics who refuse to another the right to think and live differently.

Any project that gives meaning to life is built over time. Build the future, cultivate ties with the generations preceding you. It is in history that we root/respect our values. The fanatics, themselves, want to erase all traces of history.

Finally, I encourage you to engage in dialogue and debate on key issues. Dialogue and debate are at the heart of meeting others as the self-knowledge. Go to the discovery of the other in its culture and its philosophical and religious convictions. Instead of fanaticism, which it refuses any debate.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I know we can overcome the challenges we face today. History has proven that our model is stronger than all fanaticism and all forms of totalitarianism. But we must continue to build together this society more humane and just. The Queen and I and our family wish you a merry Christmas party and a New Year full of joy.

HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attends a Theatre Performance in Brussels.

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On Thursday, December 17, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended a theatre performance of, Histoires is’t Waar!?, in Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium.

belgium2This afternoon’s performance was held on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the organization Digital Aktie Kureghem-Stad (MAKS).  The organization provides young people the opportunity to develop their acting skills through various projects and performances as well as multimedia training.

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HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium Views an Exhibition in Gent.

MathildeOn Wednesday, December 16, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived at the Design Museum Gent to view the exhibition, Design Derby: België en Nederland 1825-2015.

The exhibition, developed in collaboration with the Design Museum Gent and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam, displays  200 years of design from Belgium and the Netherlands. Over 500 design objects, ranging from intricately engraved silver, glassware and ceramics to contemporary furniture, fashion and graphic design, are exhibited in chronological order and in parallel.

From the Empire through neo-Renaissance to Art Deco and more recent developments such as eco-design and social design the exhibition reveals striking similarities and surprising differences between the two countries. It is the first time that design practices in the Netherlands and Belgium are compared on this scale.

Design Derby: België en Nederland 1825-2015 will be open to the public until March 13, 2016, at the Design Museum Gent.

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Members of the Belgian Royal Family Enjoy a Christmas Concert.

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On the afternoon of Wednesday, December 16, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium accompanied by their four children — Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, Princess Eleonore — enjoyed a Christmas concert held at the Palais Royal in Brussels.

The royal family and guests listened to Georg Friedrich Händel’s, Messiah, performed by the Concert d’Anvers and the Vlaams Radio Koor under the direction of Mr. Bart Van Reyn with soloists from the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth.

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HI&RH Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este Attends a Reception in Brussels.

AstridBelgiumOn the evening of Monday, December 14, 2015, Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este and Prince Lorenz of Belgium accompanied by TI&RHs Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Elisabetta of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este attended the Roll Back Malaria farewell reception held at Château de Val-Duchesse in Auderghem.

Since 2007 Princess Astrid has been the Special Representative to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM).

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(VIDEO) TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visit a Charity Organization.

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On the morning of Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited the charity organization, Resto du Coeur, in Charleroi.

Established in 1985 Resto du Coeur provides hot meals in a large warm building to homeless individuals and families. Each day over 250 meals are prepared and served by dozens of volunteers.

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TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attend a Special Mass in Mechelen.

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On Saturday, December 12, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended a special Mass at the Sint-Romboutskathedraal (St. Rumbold’s Cathedral) in Mechelen for the new Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, Msgr. Jozef De Kesel.  Last month, November 6, His Holiness Pope Francis named Msgr. Jozef De Kesel to succeed Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard.

Twenty bishops, 140 priests and 30 deacons presided over this afternoon’s Eucharistic celebrations which was attended by over 250 people including Belgian politicians, religious leaders, and of course the faithful.

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