On the morning of May 17, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium held an audience with the President of the Federale Neutrale Beroepsvereniging voor Verpleegkundigen and the President of the National Federation of Nurses of Belgium, on the occasion of their organizations 100th anniversaries, at the Palais Royal in Brussels.
In the afternoon, Her Majesty The Queen met with new Patented Court Providers as well as several new Holders of Existing Patented Court Providers who were appointed in 2020 and 2021 at the Palais Royal. Due to Covid-19, the handing over of the patents could not take place in these two last years.
His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium was scheduled to participate in the meeting with new Patent Court Providers; however, due to the recent passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Al-Nahyan, His Majesty The King traveled to Abu Dhabi to convey his condolences to the new Emir and President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
On Monday, May 16, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended the semi-finals of the Concours Reine Elisabeth (Queen Elisabeth Cello Competition) held at the Flagey Cultural Venue in Brussels.
According to the Belgian royal court, 24 semi-finalists first performed a “…concerto by Joseph Haydn with the Orchester Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and then held a recital accompanied by a pianist…”
On the morning of Friday, May 13, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited MPI De Kindervriend, in Rollegem-Kortrijk.
The MPI De Kindervriend is a multifunctional center that offers support to children and young people with mild, moderate, or severe intellectual disabilities. The highly trained and compassionate staff at De Kindervriend also provides “…multidisciplinary care tailored to specific needs. Daily care is supplemented with medical, therapeutic, and pedagogical support…” according to the center’s official website.
Today’s visit was held in the context of The Week of Care.
On Thursday, May 12, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium presided over the 2022 Queen Mathilde Fund Prize held at the Palais Royal in Brussels.
During this morning’s ceremony, Her Majesty presented the prize to, Brake-Out, a non-profit organization based in Antwerp that is committed to helping young people with intellectual disabilities “…so that they can develop their talents and find a place in the labor market more easily…” writes the Belgian newspaper, VRT.
The Queen Mathilde Fund Prize provides specific professional support to young people and socially vulnerable children wishing to provide solutions to local challenges and encourage entrepreneurship. Along with the prestige of the Queen Mathilde Fund Prize, the recipients also received a check for 10,000 Euros.
If you’re interested in learning more about the organization, Brake-Out, please visit their official website here.
On Thursday, May 5, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended the 25th anniversary of the law of May 5, 1997, relating to the coordination of the federal policy of sustainable development with the Minister of Climate, Environment, Sustainable Development, and Green Deal, Mrs. Zakia Khattabi.
The event is entitled, 25 years of Sustainable Development Policy: A Look at the Past and the Future. Her Majesty is an Advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Honorary President of the Federal Council for Sustainable Development.
On the morning of Monday, May 8, 2022, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium began their three-day state visit to Greece at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Greece, Her Excellency Katerina Sakellaropoulou. The purpose of the visit is to strengthen bilateral relations and investments, especially in the field of energy and renewable sources.
Upon their arrival at Athens International Airport, Their Majesties were warmly welcomed by a representative of the government of the Hellenic Republic. After the traditional inspection of the Guard of Honor, Their Majesties were welcomed by various Greek officials as well as members from the Belgian Embassy in Athens.
Soon, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde arrived at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier whereupon they placed a wreath and held a moment of silence.
In the afternoon, Their Majesties arrived at the Presidential Palace in Athens where they were warmly greeted by the President of the Hellenic Republic of Greece, Her Excellency Katerina Sakellaropoulou, and her partner, Mr. Pavols Kotsonis. After the national anthems were played, another inspection of the Guard of Honor, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were ushered into the Presidential Palace where they participated in the tradition of exchanging gifts.
Their Majesties also met with the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic of Greece, His Excellency Kyriakos Mitsotakis this afternoon. Discussions focused on regional and international developments along with immigration.
In the evening, there was a gala dinner hosted by President Sakellaropoulou in honor of Their Majesties visit to Greece.
On Thursday, April 28, 2022, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited the 36th Edition of the Floraliën Gent Flower Show in Gent.
According to the Floraliën Gent official website, the theme of this year’s show is, My Paradise, My Worldly Garden:
“In our modern society people increasingly go looking for quiet, peace, their inner selves, and their own personal paradise. That paradise is different for everyone. For some it’s a plant-filled living room, for others it’s green space in the city, a park, a nature reserve, or maybe their own backyard.
This edition of the Floraliën Gent chimes with the Van Eyck year 2020-2021. The Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers and an image of bishop Triest’s garden are the starting point and source of inspiration for “My Paradise, a Global Garden”. The flower exhibition portrays the migration of flowers and plants. It also draws the visitors’ attention to the past and the present of Gent; still a green, liveable and malleable city.”
Floraliën Gent Flower Show will open to the public from April 29 to May 8, 2022. For more information about the show pleaseclick here.