Belgian Royal Family shares portrait of King Philippe of Belgium as he celebrates his 61st birthday

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The Image of Dignity: King Philippe of Belgium stares thoughtfully out the window at a dramatic new photo on the occasion of his 61st birthday

  • The Belgian Royal Family today shared a new portrait of King Philippe
  • It was shared to the household’s Instagram to celebrate the monarch’s 61st birthday
  • The photo shows the king sitting on a luxurious chair and staring out a window

The Belgian Royal Family has released a new portrait of King Philippe on the occasion of his 61st birthday.

The frost looks mellow in a formal black suit with a vibrant purple tie, relaxing in a luxurious chair as he gazes out the window.

The sophisticated photo of Philippe was shared today on the royal family’s Instagram account, along with the caption: ‘Thank you for your birthday wishes!’

The Belgian Royal Family has released a new portrait of King Philippe on the occasion of his 61st birthday (photo)

Philippe is married to Queen Mathilde of Belgium, and the royal couple have four children together – Princess Elisabeth, 19, Prince Gabriel, 17, Prince Emmanuel, 15, and Princess Eléonore, 12.

It is unclear exactly how the king will celebrate his birthday today, although it is believed that he will spend the day with his family.

Schools in Belgium are closed for three weeks – also at Easter – but will reopen next Monday.

Yesterday, the Belgian Prime Minister also announced that the country will reopen restaurants and bars for field service next month and lift a curfew as COVID-19 cases continue to decline.

Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Princess Eleonore, Queen Mathilde, King Philippe and Prince Emmanuel pose together at the Giant Tomb in Bouillon, Belgium, on June 28, 2020

Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Princess Eleonore, Queen Mathilde, King Philippe and Prince Emmanuel pose together at the Giant Tomb in Bouillon, Belgium, on June 28, 2020

Bars and restaurants have been closed since mid-October due to the pandemic, but may reopen their outdoor spaces from May 8.

Meanwhile, hair salons and tattoo parlors can reopen on April 26, with further relaxation of lockdown restrictions expected in June, when a large majority of people over 65 will have been vaccinated.

In March, the frost visited Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine production site in Puurs, Belgium.

Philippe learned about the significant efforts of employees to ensure production of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for many countries.

He also visited the Focus Cell, where the vaccines are bottled, and the freezer room where the injections are stored, packaged and finally shipped.

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