The Belgian Royal Family celebrated National Day 2018 with a series of ebents 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. This National Day also marks the 5th Anniversary of the Accession of King Philippe.
On the eve of July 20th, 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, wich was followed by a concert at the Bal Populaire at the Place Jeu de Balles.
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 Paul’s Cathedral in Liège, while Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended the Te Deum at the Sint-Baafs Cathedral in Ghent.
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 attended the ‘Fete au parc – Feest in the Park’ celebrations in the Parc de Bruxelles, and later joined the Duchess of Brabant, Princess Astrid, and Prince Lorenz viewed the annual National Day fireworks from the Palace of the Academies in Brussels.
King Philippe wore Uniform with the Sash and Star of the Order of Leopold. Queen Mathilde wore a red Natan dress with a Fabienne Delvigne hat and gold earrings.