Crown Prince Philippe & Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz

The marriage of Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium and Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz – December 4, 1999

filip_mathilde_engagementPrince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, Prince of Belgium was born at Château de Belvédère, near Laeken, Belgium, on April 15, 1960. He is the eldest son and heir apparent of Albert II, King of the Belgians and Queen Paola.

Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz was born in Uccle, Belgium, on January 20, 1973. Of Belgian and noble Polish ancestry, she was granted the title Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant on her marriage to Prince Philippe.

Family life

The couple now have four children:

Princess Elisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène, born October 25, 2001
Prince Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie, born August 20, 2003
Prince Emmanuel Léopold Guillaume François Marie, born October 4, 2005
Princess Eléonore Fabiola Victoria Anne Marie, born April 16, 2008


The engagement

The royal couple's engagement was announced on September 10, 1999 and Mathilde was presented to the Belgian public on September 13, 1999.

The civil and religious ceremonies

Philippe of Belgium and Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz were married at city hall and at the St. Michiel and St. Goedele Cathedral in Brussels on December 4, 1999.

The civil ceremony was conducted by the major of Brussels, knight François-Xavier de Donnea. The couple was married in church by Cardinal Danneels.

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The bride's dress, veil and tiara


mathilde_tiaraMathilde's stunning dress was made by Eduard Vermeulen from the fashion house Nathan.

Mathilde wore the veil that belonged to her mother-in-law’s family, the Ruffo di Calabrias. This veil was made for the wedding of Paola’s grandmother, Laura Mosselman, in 1877.

Mathilde wore the Art deco style diamond bandeau wedding tiara, made for Queen Elisabeth of Belgium and loaned to the bride by Queen Paola, her new mother-in-law.


The wedding receptions

After the ceremony a lunch reception was given at the Royal Palace and official pictures were taken. In the evening there was a reception at the Palace of Laeken.


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