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HM Queen Mathilde if Belgium Attends a Meeting at the University of Antwerp.

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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…” 

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(VIDEOS) The Belgian Royal Family Attend a Te Deum Mass and More.

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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(VIDEO) HM King Philippe of Belgium Gives a Speech on the Occasion of Fête Nationale 2015.

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.”

HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium Inaugurates an Exhibition.

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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.

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Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Views an Exhibit by Mr. Christian Boltanski.

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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.

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(VIDEOS) HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attends the Start of the 2015 Te Gek !? Tour de France.

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On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended the start of the 5th Edition of the Te Gek?! Tour de France, a mental disease awareness campaign, at Place des Palais in Brussels.  The theme of this year’s edition is “…youth and mental health…” according to the Belgian royal court.

Prior to the start of the event Her Majesty met with several representatives from Te Gek?! at the Palais de Bruxelles.

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(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attends Mass on the Beach.

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On Sunday, July 12, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium accompanied by her youngest daughter, Princess Eléonore, attended a special Mass and the Bénédiction de la Mer (Blessing of the Sea) on the beach in Blankenberge.

After Mass the Priest along with parishioners boarded several boats.  Then, the Priest said a prayer (to protect all fisherman and sailors), blessed the sea while the parishioners tossed flowers and garlands into the sea.

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(VIDEO) A Visit to the Zoo for Members of the Royal Family of Belgium.

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On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium along with their four children, Princess Elisabeth, Princess Eléonore, Prince Gabriel and Prince Emmanuel, visited the Pairi Daiza Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Brugelette, Belgium.

During today’s visit the royal family met the zoo’s latest edition a baby elephant named, Nang Faa, born on May 20, 2015 as well as those cute and cuddly panda bears, Hao Hao and Xing Hui.

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(VIDEO) News Regarding His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium.

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On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium was in the municipality of Seraing, Belgium, to attend the start of Stage Four of the 102nd Tour de France.

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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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