Tuesday, 21 July 2020

The Royal Family Celebrates Belgian National Day

It was a day jam packed with royal events and regal style as King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and their family marked Belgian National Day.

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As expected, a number of changes and amendments were put in place with public health measures in mind. Parades, fireworks and an annual Festival in the Park did not go ahead. This certainly didn't alter the significance of the day nor the inclusion of a touch of pomp and pageantry, with F-16 jets flying over the palace followed by a military helicopter. It's also an important day for the Belgian royals: seven years ago today King Albert II abdicated - one hour later his son Philippe ascended to the throne.

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More on the history of the day from The Brussels Times:

'After the Belgian Revolution in 1830, which led to the country’s independence, the National Congress decided to make Belgium a kingdom. On 4 June 1831, the same National Congress elected Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha as the first King of the Belgians.
Leopold I’s entry into Belgium began on 16 July 1831 when he travelled by boat from Dover to Calais, in France, after which he was taken to the Belgian border village of De Panne the next day. He travelled further through the country, among others through Bruges and Ghent, and on 21 July 1831, he took the constitutional oath as the first king of the Belgians on the Place Royale in Brussels.'

The day began with a service at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula for the annual Te Deum mass. Mathilde chose an ensemble by Natan.

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The couple were joined by their four children: Crown Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore

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In the afternoon, the royals gathered outside the royal palace for the National Parade. Queen Mathilde change into a striking floral Dries van Noten and a hat by Belgian milliner Fabienne Delvigne.

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They attend a ceremony honouring heroes of the country throughout the pandemic and commemorated the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

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In a timely speech, King Philippe stressed the fight against COVID-19 is not over: "The pandemic is far from over. Let us – and I am addressing the young people in particular – remain extremely cautious and behave responsibly." The King added: "The pandemic has caused a high number of casualties. Unfortunately, their loved ones have often been unable to bid them an appropriate farewell. It is a good thing we were able to commemorate them this morning, with the whole country."

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Finally, the family visited two residential care centres to spend time with residents and volunteers. They listened to musical performances and heard from staff about recent months. I thought it a lovely end to the day.

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The Queen chose another gorgeous dress - a floral midi dress by Giambattista Valli.

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A brief video from the day.


8 comments:

  1. Princess Elizabeth is going to be beautiful Queen one day. She shows a great fashion sens. She matches perfectly beige dress with more joyful orange flowers and clutch. I believe that it is one of her very first time when she wear headband.
    As always Mathilde looks appropiate and dignified but I prefer much more second outfit.

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  2. I love how Mathilde matches her mask with her dress.
    Every time.

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  3. Caroline in MontanaWednesday, 22 July, 2020

    Mathilde just made my running for look of the week with that floral midi dress by Giambattista Valli and I just love the shoes and pocket book too!! what a wonderful day. i hope the younger generation and everyone follows the kings words. beautiful family. Princess Elizabeth looks very regal and will be a wonderful queen to watch in the future.

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  5. Great looking Family.Pss Elisabeth looks stunning. I do like Mathilda's second dress better than the first one. Very special event.

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  6. Terrific to see the family out putting on such a good show in these circumstances. I love the print on Mathilde's church outfit but I wish she wouldn't favour such high-waisted items when she looks so much better in something slimmer. The colourful Dries van Noten which succeeded it is a case in point, despite also having another high belt.

    The floral Giambattistia Valli is by far the best, the print is beautiful and the styling not too fussy. Her daughter Elisabeth looks ever more beautiful, though I'm not sure floaty chiffon and high heels necessarily lend themselves to a church service. But she's young and experimenting, and turning into a quite a beauty! The family's matching masks are a treat.

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