It was announced by the Belgian royal court that His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium will attend the funeral of playwright and Czech ex-president Vaclav Havel on Friday, December 23, 2011 in Prague.
Held at the historic Saint Vitus Cathedral the state funeral will also be attended by His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, United States Secretary Hillary Clinton, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Israeli President Shimon Peres.
One week after the horrific attacks on the Place Saint-Lambert in Leige, Belgium more than 3,000 people, along with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, attended a remembrance ceremony in the square where shooter, Nordine Amrami, killed six people and injured 125.
Also, in attendance where the victims families, politicians including Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo, and Interior Minister, Joëlle Milquet. After three minutes of silence honoring the victims Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde laid flowers in the square then spoke with the victims families.
On December 15, 2011, H.R.H. Prince Philippe of Belgium attended a conference on logistics in the area of the Belgian-Dutch Delta, held at the Provincial House in Antwerp. Also in attendance was H.R.H. Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje.
During the conference the heirs to the Belgian and Dutch thrones participated in a working lunch with top officials in the port economy in the Belgian-Dutch Delta. This conference is the result of a first cross-border meeting, held in December 2010, in Hoeven, Netherlands. These conferences are a joint initiative and a common organization of the provinces of Noord-Brabant (Netherlands), Antwerp and the Benelux Union.
On December 14, 2011, T.R.H.s Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium were at Liege University Hospital to visit the victims of the shooting rampage that took place earlier this week. After spending time with the victims and their families the future king and queen of Belgium signed the book of condolences at the city hall.
On December 13, 2011, H.R.H. Prince Philippe attended an academic session held at the new Viviqua headquarters in Brussels. The session was organized on the occasion of the inauguration of the new Viviqua building, and the 120th anniversary of the company which produces and distributes drinking water. Prince Philippe also participated in a workshop with employees and stakeholders from Viviqua.
Meanwhile, H.R.H. Princess Mathilde was in Gedinne where she was greeted by the governor of the province, Denis Mathen, and other local dignitaries. During her one-day tour the princess visited a community center, a second-hand shop, and participated in two educational workshops entitled, Little Reporters and Arts and Wood.
On December 3, 2011, H.R.H. Prince of Belgium, along with his business delegation, arrived in Chile for a five-day economic trade mission. The mission is organized by he Agency for Foreign Trade in collaboration with the regional trade AWEX, Flanders Investment & Trade and Brussels Invest Export.
Meanwhile, H.R.H. Princess Mathilde attended the National Info-Families (JNIF), in Quartier Militaire Major Housiau, where she meet with families and relatives of Belgian soldiers who are involved with peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan and other countries around the world.
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On December 1, 2011, H.R.H. Prince Philippe of Belgium attended the closing ceremony of the Internationale de la Chimie 2011 (International Year of Chemistry 2011) in Brussels.
The year 2011 was declared the International Year of Chemistry by the United Nations to mark the centenary of the Nobel Prize for Marie Curie. Tonight’s closing ceremony coincides without he 100th anniversary of the first Solvay Physics Council, which is also being celebrated this year in Brussels.