Monday, 22 September 2014

Belgian Royals Show Their Public Spirit on Car-free Sunday in Brussels

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde took to their bicycles along with their children, Princess Elizabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore, to support the 13th annual Car-free Sunday in Brussels, as part of European Mobility Week.


The family were greeted by large crowds along the city streets and appeared to thoroughly enjoy the day out, though Princess Eléonore seemed quite unsure of herself and what to make of all the attention.


King Philippe was very active in leading the family, which was reassuring to the younger prince and princess, with Queen Mathilde, all smiles, bringing up the rear in tandem with Princess Léonore.


The bicycle ride ended with refreshments and the King and Queen met with the media while keen supporters hurried forward to get a snapshot of the family.


It was a fun day for all and it was very good to see such public figures making an effort to support initiatives that benefit everyone.

7 comments:

  1. It's refreshing to see other male royalty in something other that a navy suit. ;) I hope every time we see a certain royal couple that the male would "freshen up" his wardrobe. All though I suppose he has much better things to worries about; I will still be hoping. Great post! I love love love seeing other royal families.

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    1. Kimberly, "fresh" is in the eye of the beholder. :)) I'll take William's navy wardrobe any day. It has always been my favorite color, so what can I say.....??? Lol.

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    2. Very true, fashion always depends on who is wearing it :)

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  2. Thanks for the great post Charlotte! It's great to see the royal family out and about inspiring their fellow country men and others as well. As soon as I saw this post, I thought about getting back on my bike. :) It's interesting to me how Phillipee and Mathilda are able to look so at ease and natural at these types of events, but the British royals can't quite pull off the same look of ease and naturalness.

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  3. anon from Leominster22 September 2014 at 15:45

    Such a lovely family. Although shouldn't Mum and Dad be wearing helmets too? I suppose they want and need to be to be seen.

    While there looks to be quite a good crowd, can you imagine William and Kate biking down Picadilly in such a cause. London would stop!

    I do very much like Philippe's mixture of casual while still wearing a jacket.

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    1. Lovely family for sure. But I too cannot imagine W&K being able to do this in London.

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  4. They have such a lovely family, and are clearly in love with each other, and their family is often pictured with them. It is refreshing to see royals being normal people. Most of the European royals seem pretty relaxed when they are out in public. I am quite fond of the Belgian royals, the Dutch and the Danish and Swedish royals. They are am reath off reach air.

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