King and Queen of Belgium celebrate 20th anniversary

King and Queen of Belgium celebrate 20th anniversary

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium married on December 4, 1999 and are now celebrating the huge milestone of 20 married years.

Before meeting Prince Philippe, Mathilde was a countess but led a more civilian life as a qualified speech therapist with her own practice in Brussels. When she first met Philippe, he was still only heir to the Belgian throne, with a lot of pressure and eyes on him. Being a very private couple, they managed to keep their relationship a secret right until they announced their engagement and surprised everyone.

Things were not easy for them, but true love conquers all and made them stronger than ever. We look back on their marriage over the past years, and congratulate them on how far they’ve come.

The wedding day (note the veil!):

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Modern day:


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⁣ ⁣ Retour sur les fiançailles et le mariage du Roi et de la Reine à l’occasion de leur 20e anniversaire de mariage le 4 décembre. Regardez leur témoignage sur La Une (RTBF) ce soir à partir de 20h20.⁣ —————⁣ Terugblik op de bekendmaking en verloving van de Koning en Koningin naar aanleiding van hun twintigste huwelijksverjaardag op 4 december. Vanavond in gesprek met La Une (RTBF) om 20u20.⁣ —————⁣ Looking back on the announcement and engagement of the King and Queen on the occasion of their 20th wedding anniversary on December 4th. Tonight in conversation with La Une (RTBF) at 8:20 pm.⁣ ⁣ @rtbf #anniversaire #mariage #huwelijk #verjaardag #wedding #anniversary #verloving #fiançailles #engagement #porcelaine #porselein #porcelain #KoningFilip #RoiPhilippe #Koning #Roi #König #King #KoninginMathilde #ReineMathilde #Koningin #Reine #Königin #Queen #royalty #België #Belgique #Belgium #BelgianRoyalPalace #MonarchieBe

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The royal couple have four children and are known to be very fond of their two dogs living with them at the Belgian Royal Palace. We wish them another happy 20 years!


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