Belgian National Day 2019

The Belgian Royal Family celebrated National Day 2019 with a series of events on July 20th and 21st. The day commemorates July 21st, 1831 in which Prince Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha swore allegiance to the new Belgian constitution, thus becoming the first Head of State of an independent state of Belgium under a constitutional monarchy and parliament. 

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On July 20th, King Philippe was joined by the Duchess of Brabant as he recorded his annual National Day Speech. In the evening, King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid, and Archduke Lorenz attended the “Prelude to National Day” concert by the by the Belgian National Orchestra at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

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On July 21st, King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, the Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Prince Eléonore attended a Te Deum at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, afterwards meeting members of the crowd. Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz attended the Te Deum at the Saint Albanus Cathedral in Namur.

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In the afternoon, King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, their four children, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent, and Princess Claire attended the civil and military parade on the Square in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels. Afterwards, the Royal Family joined the celebrations in the Parc across Palace Square.

In the evening, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were joined by the Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Prince Eléonore as they viewed the annual National Day fireworks from the Palace of the Academies in Brussels.

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King Philippe wore Uniform with the Sash and Star of the Order of Leopold. Queen Mathilde wore a salmon pink Natan dress with a Fabienne Delvigne hat and gold earrings.

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