The Belgian Royal Family News

On October 4, 2011, at Château de Laeken His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium had an audience with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.  After the meeting there was a nice luncheon at the château in honor of President Rousseff’s visit.  Also in attendance was Her Majesty Queen Paola, T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, T.R.H.s Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, and Queen Fabiola.

Later that afternoon members of the Belgian royal family along with President Rousseff attended the opening of the Europalia Brazil Festival and exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.  In case you were wondering why Prince Laurent, aka Peter Griffin, did not grace his lovely presence at the luncheon or at the festival, well, he wasn’t invited.  Why?  He’s still banned from the palace.

To view photos please click the links below:

Photo courtesy of: Daylife/B. Doppange/AFP

H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands News

H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands has been so busy as of late that it is hard to keep up with all her daily activities.  Any way… on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, the princess attended the 10th Annual MBO Gala in Amsterdam.  During the event the soon-to-be Queen of the Netherlands presented a check to one of the winners for being incredibly brilliant and slightly good-looking.  Click here to view photos.

Moving on…   🙂

On October 5, Princess Maxima was in Utrecht to attend the opening of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) European headquarters.  Click here to view photos.

Tomorrow, the princess will be in Rome, Italy to attend the opening of the L’Armonia Perfetta (Perfect Harmony) exhibition at the Complesso de Vittoriano.  This exhibit displays the works by Mondrian and Dutch contemporaries and:

… shows the development process of Mondrian (1872-1944). The famous and lesser known works range from strictly figurative (landscapes) through symbolism, cubism and abstract to the famous planes in primary colors. This trend is illustrated with works by other Dutch artists, predecessors and contemporaries, by whom Mondrian was inspired, like Jacoba van Heemskerk, Jan Toorop and Bart van der Leck.

Photo courtesy of: Koninklijkhuis

The Dutch Royal Family Attend the Inauguration of a New Building (VIDEO)

On October 5, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje, and H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands attended the inauguration of the newly renovated Raad van State (Council of State) building in Den Haag.

Per a press release about the Raad van State and Her Majesty Queen Beatrix:

In the spring of 2005 saw the RGD with the construction and renovation of the buildings of the Council of State. Reason was the increased number of members and staff of the Council and the need for major maintenance and improvement of safety within the buildings. The new accommodation now offers an integrated, modern working environment. The design and redesign of Merkx + Girod come from Amsterdam.

 The Council of State is an independent adviser to the government and parliament on legislation and administration and general management is the highest court in the Netherlands.

 The Queen is chairman of the Council of State. The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima both have a seat on the Council of State.

Click here and here to view photos. Click here to watch a video from the event.