Belgian Monarchs Visit Vatican

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were welcomed by Pope Francis for a private audience today at the Vatican. This visit showed that Queen Mathilde has been granted the Privilège du Blanc – special permission given to specifically designated Catholic queens, duchesses and princesses to wear white during an audience with the Pope. Queen Mathilde wore an exquisite white veil of floral patterned Belgian lace over a simple white dress and coat. The clean lines of the dress and coat allowed the veil to stand out and I thought Queen Mathilde looked stunningly elegant.

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Photos from Getty as indicated

16 thoughts on “Belgian Monarchs Visit Vatican

  1. Queen Mathilde looked beautiful and that lace veil was superb! I do hope she makes a speedy recovery from her injuries.

  2. Slightly off topic (apologies HQ) but could someone briefly enlighten me as to why Mathilde is using crutches? Thanks.

  3. I read a mistake. only Catholic Queens have the privé like to wear white. Princesses wear black. The only exception is grand duchess Maria Teresa

  4. Love seeing the first time privilege du blanc appearances! And, Josephine, “exquisite” was exactly the word that came to my mind. So glad she wore such a lovely lace veil- as Queen of the Belgians how could she not?

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