Meet The New King and Queen: (left to right) Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium
In OTHER Royal News (besides William and Kate Baby News!)...After a 20-year reign, 79-year-old King Albert of Belgium voluntarily abdicated the throne this past Sunday, July 21, passing down the crown to his son Philippe and Philippe’s wife, Crown Princess Mathilde. The first Belgian-born queen of the country, Mathilde hails from Bastogne, from a family of nobility: her father was the late Count Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz, and her mother, Countess Anna Maria Komorowska. As the oldest of five children, Mathilde worked to establish herself early on. She studied speech therapy at Institut Libre Marie Haps and then held her own practice from 1995 until her marriage in 1999. Mathilde is also quite a Fashion Diva (this is why I am really interested!). She loves wearing Armani Prive--the Haute Couture arm of Giorgio Armani with suits beginning at around $40,000 if one were to order them!--as well as Natan, the Belgian fashion brand beloved by many Euro Royals.
Royal Couple: Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium
King Albert II and Queen Paola attending their last engagement as King and Queen of Belgium--Cathedral of St Michael and Saint Gudula
Crying Queen: Queen Paola of Belgium--Cathedral of St Michael and Saint Gudula prior to the Abdication of her husband King Albert II Of Belgium
Fan Queen: Queen Fabiola of Belgium (center) with Crown Princess (soon-to-be-Queen of Belgium, Mathilde--right)--Cathedral of St Michael and Saint Gudula prior to the Abdication Of King Albert II Of Belgium and Inauguration Of King Philippe
For the Abdication Day Ceremonies on Sunday, Mathilde, sported a cream jacquard sheath dress with bias-cut collar, created by Natan and...
To finish the ensemble, the new Queen of Belgium finished the ensemble with:
An elegant Fabienne Delvigne hat
Balcony Siblings: (Left to right) Princess Claire of Belgium, Prince Laurent of Belgium, Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz of Belgium stand before crowds on the palace balcony
accessories while their brothers, Gabriel and Emmanuel, looked equally as smart in navy blue suits
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium