Belgian National Day 2020
BELGIUM

BELGIAN ROYAL FAMILY CELEBRATE NATIONAL DAY 2020

King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and children Princess Elisabeth, Prince Emmanuel, Prince Gabriel and Princess Eleonore celebrated Belgian National Day 2020.

Belgian National Day is the national holiday of Belgium commemorated annually on 21 July. It marks the anniversary of the investiture of King Leopold I, the country’s first monarch, in 1831.

The main festivities occur in Brussels including a speech by the King followed by a Te Deum, Parade and this year visit to Nursing Homes.



Speech by King Philippe

Historically, National Day is marked by a televised speech by the King.

King Philippe delivered a speech for Belgium’s National Day, standing in front of a picture of his paternal grandmother Queen Astrid of Belgium (born Princess of Sweden).

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Te Deum Service

The festivities for Belgian National Day traditionally begin with a Te Deum at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, attended by King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and children Princess Elisabeth, Prince Emmanuel, Prince Gabriel and Princess Eleonore, and other dignitaries.

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Queen Mathilde and King Philippe.

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Mathilde and Philippe of Belgium and children Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel.

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The Te Deum starts with three minutes of silence, Their Majesties and their children led this moment in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. At the same moment, bells rung across the country in memory of the coronavirus victims.

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From left to right: Eleonore (12), Gabriel (16), Queen Mathilde (47), King Philippe (60), Elisabeth (18), and Emmanuel (14).

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The installation Origami For Life symbolizes a united Belgium during COVID-19. The artwork pays tribute to all the victims of the coronavirus. ⁣

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Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant.



Belgian royals leave the Cathedral after the Te Deum.

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Prince Gabriel, Queen Mathilde, King Philippe, Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel.

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National Parade

Normally in the afternoon, the Belgian Armed Forces and police are reviewed by the King and parade around the Rue de la Loi and around the perimeter of the Brussels Park in front of the Royal Palace.

However, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parade on National Day was canceled and a special ceremony took place to honor the victims and heroes of the COVID-19 crisis and commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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Prince Lorenz, Archuduke of Austria-Este and and wife Prince Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este.

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Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel.

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For the ceremony, The Queen changed into a colourful dress with matching face mask.

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Princess Eleonore and Prince Gabriel.

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Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant.

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Princess Elisabeth and Prince Gabriel.



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The family posed for photos before they leave.

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Prince Laurent of Belgium.

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Prince Laurent with Prince Lorenz and Princess Astrid.

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Visit to Nursing Homes

Later, Queen Mathilde, King Philippe and children Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Princess Eleonore and Prince Emmanuel visit ttwo residential care center “Cecilia” in Alken and “La Maison de Mariemont” in Morlanwelz.

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Royal Fashion: Belgian Royal Ladies

Queen Mathilde

For the Te Deum, Queen Mathilde chose Natan dress with Fabienne Delvigne “Louisa” hat.

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In the afternoon, The Queen changed into a bright floral dress by Dries Van Noten with Fabienne Delvigne “Rueda” headpiece in fuchsia.

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Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant

For the Te Deum and Parade, Princess Elisabeth wore floral outfit by Natan Couture with bandeau headpiece by Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Lisly” design.

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Princess Astrid, Archduchess of Austria-Este

Princess Astrid was nicely dressed in black and white stripes, yellow clutch and shoes, and black parasisal straw hat.

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Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth

For the last engagement of the day, the visit to two nursing homes, Queen Mathilde opted for a Giambattista Valli dress and Princess Elisabeth wore L.K. Bennett dress.

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