Princess Elisabeth and Queen Mathilde of Belgium on a Working Visit to Egypt

Princess Elisabeth and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visit Egypt

Princess Elisabeth, the Duchess of Brabant, accompanied her mother, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, on a three-day working visit to Egypt.

The Duchess of Brabant, 21, is the heir-apparent of King Philippe of the Belgians and since turning 20, has been taking official duties. However, this is the first time that she went overseas in an official capacity.

Princess Elisabeth and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visit Egypt
Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth visit Egypt

Princess Elisabeth and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visit Egypt
Princess Elisabeth looked gorgeous in Armani cape sleeved blouse and trousers

Prior to their departure on March 14, Princess Elisabeth and Queen Mathilde visited a number of exhibitions in Belgium related to Egypt to learn more about the ancient history and culture of the country.

Princess Elisabeth and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visit Egypt
Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elisabeth. Credit" Belgian Royal Palace

Princess Elisabeth and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visit Egypt
Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elisabeth. Credit" Belgian Royal Palace

Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth arrived in Cairo, Egypt on March 14, 2023. They were welcomed at the Empain Palace and were greeted by local officials.

Princess Elisabeth looked gorgeous in a Fuschia ensemble from Emporio Armani, a cape-sleeved blouse and matching trousers, and a pair of nude pumps from Jimmy Choo. While her mother, Queen Mathilde rocked a short-sleeve white dress from her favorite go-to-brand Natan Couture. 

Princess Elisabeth and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visit Egypt
Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elisabeth. Credit" Belgian Royal Palace

Princess Elisabeth and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visit Egypt
Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elisabeth arrived in Cairo. Credit" Belgian Royal Palace

Princess Elisabeth and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visit Egypt
Credit: Belgian Royal Palace

Their working visit is part of the historical interest of the Belgian Royal Family in ancient Egypt. The visit also marks the 100th anniversary of the visit of Queen Elisabeth (1876-1965) to Egypt in 1923. 

King Philippe's great-grandmother had a special interest and passion for the origin of the flourishing of Egyptology in Belgium. 

On the first day of their working visit, they attended the opening of an exhibition on Queen Elisabeth and Belgian Egyptology. They will also visit several places that Queen Elisabeth also visited on her missions in 1923, including Tutankhamun's tomb. 

Princess Elisabeth and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visit Egypt
Credit: Belgian Royal Palace

Through this working visit, Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth want to highlight Belgian academic expertise in the field of Egyptology by visiting a number of archaeological sites where Belgian institutions and universities are active. They will be shown around various sites in and around Luxor by Belgian Egyptologists, professors, and students.

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium visits Egypt
Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth stayed in the same hotel that Queen Elisabeth stayed in 1923

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium visits Egypt
Princess Elisabeth in Luxor, Egypt

Their working visit is part of the various anniversaries that will be commemorated in 2022 and 2023, including the 200th anniversary of the decipherment of the hieroglyphics by Jean-Fran├žois Champollion, the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and the visit to the tomb by Queen Elisabeth, the 125th anniversary of the birth of Belgian Egyptology and the 75th anniversary of the death of the Belgian Egyptologist Jean Capart.

Belgian Palace also noted that the Queen and the Duchess of Brabant stayed in the same hotel where Queen Elisabeth and Crown Prince Leopold (later Leopold III, the father of King Albert II of Belgium) stayed during their visit.

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