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.
On Thursday, December 10, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited the Gezondheidscentrum (health center) Thermion in Nijmegen.
Whilst there His Majesty participated in a meeting with nurses and individuals who work in the home care industry. Discussions focused on a variety of issues including the recent changes in the Dutch health care system according to RVD.
Following the meeting His Majesty took the time to meet with “…chronically ill residents of Nijmegen.”
On the morning of Saturday, December 12, 2015, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands celebrated the 350th anniversary of the Koninklijke Korps Mariniers (Royal Marine Corps) in Rotterdam.
Following brief ceremony at the Stadhuis van Rotterdam, where various speeches were made by the Mayor of Rotterdam, His Majesty along with hundreds of guests watched a military parade with 5,000 former and current members of the Korps Mariniers.