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Members of the Belgian Royal Family Enjoy a Leisurely Sunday Bike Ride.

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On the morning of Sunday, September 18, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium accompanied by their four children, Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eleonore, participated in the Dimanche sans Voiture (Car-Free Sunday) in Brussels.  Dimanche sans Voiture is a day when many Belgians ditch their cars for a day and ride their bikes where ever they may be going.  If that makes any sense.

Anyway, the royal family rode their bikes from the beautiful Château de Laeken to the Quartier St-Géry where they attended a neighborhood party with the locals.

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Photo courtesy of the Belgian royal court

TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attend a Gala Concert.

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On the evening of Thursday, September 15, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended the 10ième Soirée de Gala du Comité de Soutien Flandre Occidentale de la Fondation Roi Baudouin in Jabbeke.

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Photo courtesy of the Belgian royal court

Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visits Horizons Neufs.

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On Thursday, September 15, 2016, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited Horizons Neufs in Louvain-la-Neuve to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  The Horizons Neufs is a non-profit organization and care home for adults with learning disabilities.

During today’s visit Her Majesty was given a tour of the home where she also met with staff and residents.

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Photo courtesy of the Belgian royal court

(VIDEOS) TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians Visit the Province of Luxembourg.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians visited the province of Luxembourg.

The day began with a tour of the Auberge du Vivier intergenerational center in Habay-La-Neuve.  Thereafter, Their Majesties visited the Galaxia, a business park dedicated to space applications in Transinne. The day ended with a “…reception at the town hall of Libin followed by a meeting with the inhabitants…” according to the Belgian royal court.

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(VIDEO) HIs Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Attends a Commemoration Ceremony.

belgiumOn Sunday, September 11, 2016, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium arrived at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery in East Flanders to attend the 70th commemoration ceremony in honor of the British, Canadian and Polish soldiers who died for the liberation of Belgium at the end of World War II.

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TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Attend the 40th Edition of the Memorial Van Damme.

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On Friday, September 9, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium accompanied their children — Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Elenor — and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the opening of 40th Edition of the Memorial Van Damme held at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels.

According to the Belgian royal court the event is “…dedicated to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games 2016.  [The Memorial Van Damme] is part of the circuit of the IAAF Diamond League.” 

Photo courtesy of the Belgian royal court

(VIDEOS) TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Host a Summit in Eupen.

On the morning of Thursday, September 8, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium hosted the 13th Summit for Heads of German Speaking States at the Kloster Heidberg in Eupen, Belgium.  Those in attendance at today’s meeting included His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Johann Schneider-Ammann along with government officials from Belgium, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany, and Luxembourg.

Discussions during the meeting focused on the “…economic challenges in each country, but also the means used to fight against terrorism…” according to the Belgian newspaper, La Meuse.

Meanwhile, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium along with Her Serene Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, Ms. Daniela Schadt (partner of Presdient. Joachim Gauck), and Mrs. Katharina Schneider-Ammann (wife of President Johann Schneider-Ammann) visited the Belgischen Rundfunk- und Fernsehzentrum der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft (BRF) and the Musée de la Poterie in Raeren.

In the afternoon, Their Majesties accompanied by their guests attending the summit attended a conference held at the German Community Parliament in Eupen.  The day ended with a tour of the Zentrum fur Forderpadagogik also located in Eupen.

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(VIDEO) His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium Hosts a Reception.

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium hosted a reception at Château de Laeken in Brussels for members participating in the 13th Summit for Heads of German Speaking States.

Guests attendance at this afternoon’s reception included His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, and the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck to name a few.

Photo courtesy of the Belgian royal court

(VIDEO) TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Meet with Police Officers.

On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium met with various police officers from the Charleroi Police Department in Charleroi, Belgium.

According to AFP News, last Saturday “…two policewomen were stabbed. The attacker screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’. He was hit by a police bullet. One of the officers suffered severe injuries to the face, the other one is lightly injured. The attacker was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and died.”

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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Photo courtesy of the Belgian royal court