Wednesday 21 August 2019

Belgium's glamorous Queen Mathilde makes a statement in all-rust ensemble with her family on National Day

Belgium's King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and their daughter Crown Princess Elisabeth leave the Sainte-Gudule cathedral after a religious service (Te Deum) on Belgian national day in Brussels, Belgium July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Belgium's King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and their daughter Crown Princess Elisabeth leave the Sainte-Gudule cathedral after a religious service (Te Deum) on Belgian national day in Brussels, Belgium July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde arrive at the Sainte-Gudule cathedral for a religious service (Te Deum) on Belgian national day in Brussels, Belgium July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Belgium's King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and their children Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Crown Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel leave the Sainte-Gudule cathedral after a religious service (Te Deum) on Belgian national day in Brussels, Belgium July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde arrive at the Sainte-Gudule cathedral for a religious service (Te Deum) on Belgian national day in Brussels, Belgium July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Philippe of Belgium walk during the opening of the annual Science and Culture exhibition that will take place this summer from July 23 to August 25, 2019, at the Royal Palace in Brussels. (Photo by BENOIT DOPPAGNE / Belga / AFP)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Belgium's glamorous Queen Mathilde made a show-stopping sartorial display for her country's National Day celebrations today.

The 46-year-old, an aristocrat who wed King Philippe in 1999, led the celebrations in Brussels alongside her husband and their four children Crown Princess Elisabeth, Princess Eléonore, Prince Gabriël and Prince Emmanuel. The National Day festivities take place around the country, marking the anniversary of the Belgium's independent state under a constitutional monarchy and parliament dating back to 1831.

Arriving at the Sainte-Gudule cathedral, Mathilde - a royal style icon in her own right - arrived in an all-rust ensemble in the form of a bateau necked lace midi dress and structured hat and clutch. Her 17-year-old daughter Elisabeth, next in line to the throne, assumed a more public role alongside her parents; but they are aiming to create as normal a life as possible for her.

She currently studies at the Atlantic College in Wales, where she has a better chance at a more private upbringing before eventually ascending the throne later in her life.

Belgium's King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and their children Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Crown Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel leave the Sainte-Gudule cathedral after a religious service (Te Deum) on Belgian national day in Brussels, Belgium July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Belgium's King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and their children Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Crown Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel leave the Sainte-Gudule cathedral after a religious service (Te Deum) on Belgian national day in Brussels, Belgium July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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"It is an adaptation for everyone in our family. But I think it is above all an enrichment for her. She studies with peers from all over the world," Mathilde said during a visit to Mozambique earlier this year. "She can enjoy a normal life there (in Wales), which I find really important. A private life. Let her enjoy that. She is still young."

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