Belgian State Visit to Canada

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium are on a 6-day State Visit to Canada, from March 11th to 17th, at the invitation of Julie Payette, the Governor General of Canada (the representative of the Queen of Canada), to strengthen and celebrate political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries.  

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In the morning of March 12th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were officially welcomed by the Right Honourable Julie Payette, the Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, which was followed by a private meeting and a tree planting ceremony. Afterwards, they traveled to Confederation Square for a Wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Following, the King and Queen traveled to Parliament Hill, where they were welcomed by and had lunch with George J. Furey, the Speaker of the Senate of Canada, and Mrs Furey. Then, they met the Minister of Canadian Heritage and visited the Memorial Chapel. Later in the afternoon, the royal couple visited a traditional sugar shack in Ottawa.


In the evening, Governor General Julie Payette hosted a State Dinner in honour of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde at Rideau Hall. Both the King and Governor General gave speeches.

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In the daytime, King Philippe wore a dark suit with a dark tie. Queen Mathilde wore a red Natan dress, coat, cape, and an Elvis Pompilio hat with gold Delphine Nardin leaf earrings and a gold maple leaf brooch. In the evening, King Philippe wore Black Tie. Queen Mathilde wore a Jan Taminiau gown with her Laurel Wreath Tiara and Queen Fabiola’s Pearl Earrings.

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2 thoughts on “Belgian State Visit to Canada

  1. Queen Mathilde looked fabulous in the daytime events with her red coat and dress. I’m not so sure about the evening gala.

    The Laurel leaf tiara is always a welcome sight, but I have no idea what compelled her to add the spidery things around her neck. Is that part of the dress or a necklace? I think she would have done better with her Wolfers tiara as a necklace. Better yet, use the Wolfers as the tiara and the Laurel Leaf as a necklace. But, she’s a lovely lady and she’s doing a wonderful job representing her country, which is what really counts!

    1. I agree with you about the evening gown and jewels! Personally I would have liked her blue gown from Norway with her Fringe Earrings and Wolfers Tiara, but I like your suggestion too! She wore the gown I would have liked for the return dinner!

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