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« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2011, 11:52:23 am »

Max's style is  ick
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« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2011, 10:44:55 pm »

30-03-2011 Ho Chi Minh city Princess Maxima and Henk Bleker on the 3rd day of the 4 day visit to Vietnam.

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=30-03-2011%20Ho

30-03-2011 Reception Princess Maxima and Prince Willem-Alexander arrive at the netwerk reception at the Reunification palace in Vietnam.

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=30-03-2011%20Reception

31-03-2011 Ho Chi Minh city Princess Maxima and Prince Willem-Alexander at Unilever Vietnam on the last day of his visit to Vietnam.

http://www.ppe-agency.com/show.php?zoektype=2&search=31-03-2011%20Ho
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« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2011, 05:29:53 am »

Prince Laurent stirs controversy again
http://www.examiner.com/royal-news-in-national/prince-laurent-stirs-controversy-again
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HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium is in the news again, causing trouble of course.  The Prince has embarked on a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to investigate its deforestation, after being specifically asked by the government not to go.  DRCongo is a country that was once colonized by Belgium, and deep tensions between the two still remain.  During colonization, millions of Congolese were killed at the hands of the Belgians.  The Prime Minister reportedly requested that the Prince not go on his trip and when asked for comment he said:

“I had tried to dissuade him and made it clear, in writing, that the government regretted there was no consultation beforehand.”

He added that the government was concerned because such visits can be viewed as carrying a political message.  Thusly the government has restarted a debate in Parliament about cutting royal stipends.

Prince’s Allowance at Risk
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/world/europe/01briefs-ART-Belgium.html?_r=1&src=twrhp
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« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2011, 07:00:25 am »

What about the brutality against women and children in the DRC?
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« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2011, 07:16:43 pm »

Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant , DHS ( née : Ec. Mathilde Marie Christiane Ghislaine d'Udekem d'Acoz ),
is the wife of the heir apparent to the Belgian throne, Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant.Of Belgian and noble Polish ancestry,
she is expected to be the first Belgian-born Queen consort of Belgium.She was born Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz in Uccle on 20 January 1973.
Though her grandfather and her uncle were barons, she and her father were members of the untitled nobility.

Education:Princess Mathilde attended secondary school at the Institut de la Vierge Fidèle in Brussels.She then studied speech therapy at
the Institut Libre Marie Haps in Brussels from 1991 to 1994 and earned a diploma with "grande distinction" (equivalent to magna cum laude ).
Mathilde then worked as a speech therapist in her own practice in Brussels from 1995 to 1999
She also studied psychology at the Université catholique de Louvain and earned a diploma in psychology with "distinction" in 2002.

She speaks French, Dutch, English and Italian.

Marriage and children:Mathilde married Prince Philippe on 4 December 1999 in Brussels , civilly at the Brussels Town Hall and religiously
at the Cathedral of Saint Michel and Saint Gudula.She was made Princess of Belgium on 8 November 1999 (published on 13 November 1999
and effective from 4 December 1999).
The couple has four children-
Princess Elisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène born 25 October 2001
Prince Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie born 20 August 2003
Prince Emmanuel Léopold Guillaume François Marie born 4 October 2005
Princess Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie born 16 April 2008
Princess Elisabeth, the couple's eldest child, is the second-in-line to the throne behind her father and ahead of her brothers and sister,
who are third-, fourth-, and fifth-in-line to succeed, owing to a change in Belgian succession laws in 1991. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Mathilde,_Duchess_of_Brabant

more pics:
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS9zwbgC7SKMxnCuNgid-Ua3c5NiLxPu8r24JCn_11BKfXxlQmELQ
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT1LZxVhw7Dyc4hcNiIG0j6ndGer1mqzjsfNfYXWB3a5Pvo0MzW
http://xxllashes.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/filipe-belgium-matilde.jpg?w=320&h=250
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.stylelist.com/media/2011/02/crown-prince-phillippe-princess-mathilde-royal-weddings-590ar021011.jpg.jpg
http://www.pigeonhole-this.com/Coppermine/albums/scans2/ladiesinwaiting4.JPG
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRTo2VQmtdQvyQorxPlXbVaEHFhMOem0NG30t9nFe4RDYazPqIl
http://gpdhome.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c648253ef0120a598e909970c-400wi
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQzevhH_GkAOej30n45tA2YTvPC7TuBQXSkwg3Q7wYZxuaT-Zok

Just changed the title from 'Belgian' to 'Belgium'
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« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2011, 08:49:29 pm »

She is pretty and elegant,thanks for pics. Kiss
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« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2011, 09:59:58 pm »

I am a total Mathildeite and darn proud! She's the only princess on the scene right now (Charlene doesn't count since she isn't a princess yet) and her kids look great and her past is perfect!
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« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2011, 10:30:37 pm »

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« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2011, 01:34:40 am »

She's so chic and dresses her age and doesn't have an eating disorder or an unstable/rumors of adultery marriage. The gutter press isn't interested in her (a healthy thing) and she had a fabulous career before working with kids so she knwos what is and isn't healthy and she had a title of her own (cool!) and if the press had any geniune interest in nice stories, they would be all over her.
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« Reply #29 on: April 07, 2011, 02:18:44 pm »

I have a question about her. Maybe Akasha knows?
 I read somewhere she is ueber-religious. Anything known about that?
Any stories about exes?
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« Reply #30 on: April 07, 2011, 03:20:12 pm »

^^
She lived with her noble boyfriend, but he left her for another woman.

I know that Astrid and Lorenz are very religious and are part of some catholic movement but I haven't heard anything similar from Mathilde and Phillipe. Athough considering the upbringing of both it is very possible that they are also uberreligious as you say.

I like Mathilde but her sense of style is null. She is not elegant nor chic. Her body type is not easy to dress and she always chooses the wrong clothes.
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« Reply #31 on: April 08, 2011, 12:56:50 am »

Gee euhm..
I know she's a good catholic (whatever that may mean nowadays... X-Mas_rolleyes) but I don't think she's fanatic..and frankly I don't care really!
I turned my back on the Cat Church years ago, never liked the hypocrisy that went with it, and the fact that they are against condoms!
I do remember reading something about her and Philip entering a certain christian order of idontknow.
The way they described it in the papers it sounded like the masonry thingy very hush hush members-only sorta thing. huh

Hmm googled and found this
It's a Dutch page here is the translate.. royalguard (not the best work of translation if you ask me but ok..)

The Order of the Holy Grave of Jerusalem would be my translation in stead of Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. (although it's an English word I never heard of it before, not really a word you use on daily base)
But apparently that's the English name for the order..
Here's what wiki has to say about the Order
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« Reply #32 on: April 08, 2011, 08:37:33 am »

akasha dank je wel.
Good to know she isn''t some kind of religious fanatic. I have met my fair shair oif those at my secondary school (not that I have anything against religion per se though)
Mathilde (from what I read in the Dutch press) seems to have a pleasant and stable personalty. She also dresses better than Maxi.
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« Reply #33 on: April 08, 2011, 07:07:34 pm »

http://gpdhome.typepad.com/royalblognl_news_summary/2011/04/art-for-mathilde-trade-for-philip.html

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Mathilde and her husband Prince Philip, heir to the throne, are on a five day visit to Russia, to promote trade and business, and to improve Belgium's image and standing in Russia.
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« Reply #34 on: April 18, 2011, 07:26:32 pm »

http://translate.google.nl/translate?sl=nl&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=nl&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fgpdhome.typepad.com%2Fnieuwsberichten%2F2011%2F04%2Falbert-paola-naar-zaligverklaring-jpii.html
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King Albert II and Queen Paola on May 1 in Rome at the beatification of the Pope John Paul II. The journey becomes known at a sensitive time because of the pedophilia scandals in the Catholic Church Belgian, Belgian media said Monday.
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« Reply #35 on: May 05, 2011, 04:25:35 pm »

Memorial Day 4-05-2011

http://picture.belga.be/belgapicture/editorial/royals/coverage/3141253.html
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« Reply #36 on: May 06, 2011, 10:08:15 pm »

05/05/2011 Concert by the Amstel, the closing concert for the yearly celebrations on the national liberation day

http://picture.belga.be/belgapicture/editorial/royals/coverage/3142535.html
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« Reply #37 on: May 11, 2011, 03:17:27 pm »

thanks for the pics  thankyou
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« Reply #38 on: May 13, 2011, 04:11:32 am »

Just letting you know this thread belongs in the Belgium board.  easter-wink My apologies for posting after 120 days, just wanted to bring this to the mods attention. ...
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« Reply #39 on: May 13, 2011, 04:34:21 am »

Oh how cute!  flirt
Lovely pictures i really like Eleonore, she looks so sweet! aww
and Mathildes dress is nice  thumbsup
They might be a bit boring and little less glamorous then the BRF or Monaco's family but I'm still like my BeRF!
They seem more of a real family then some of they're European cousins!


I personally think Mathilde is the perfect Crown Princess and just PERFECT! At this point, if the BRF took a page or two from the Belgian RF, they would be a lot better off.
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