It’s a more subtle celebration this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t stop the Belgian royal family from giving a glamorous display on the occasion of the country’s national holiday.
Queen Mathilde, 47, and her family attended traditional religious service this morning the Saint Gudula Cathedral in Brussels to mark the occasion, with masks with their smart outfits for the socially distant ceremony.
The mother of four looked typically elegant in a black-and-gold patterned pattern paired with a wide-brimmed cream hat and nude leather gloves.
Meanwhile, her daughter Princess Elisabeth looked every inch at the Queen as she waited, wearing a floating pink floral-patterned frock with a trendy matching color headband.
And the heir to the throne, 18, went out of her way by wearing a face mask in the same material as her dress.
Queen Mathilde of Belgium looked elated in a gold and black floral dress when she and her husband, King Philippe, went to a church service in St. Gudula on the occasion of the country’s national holiday
Belgian Crown Princess Elizabeth arrives to attend a religious service (Te Deum) in St Gudula Cathedral, on the occasion of the Belgian National Day, in Brussels, Belgium
The Belgian Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Queen Mathilde, King Philippe, Crown Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel present themselves for the socially driven church service
Also in attendance were her younger siblings, Princess Eléonore, 12, Prince Emmanuel, 14, and Prince Gabriel, 16.
Princess Eléonore looked perfect in a bright pink ballerina dress, while her brothers were smart in suits and ties.
Belgium’s national holiday is usually characterized by national celebrations, and crowds usually gather outside the church to greet the royals who take a stroll after the service to chat with wellwishers.
However, this year there were no such gatherings in the country that registered 63,893 Covid-19 cases and 9,800 deaths.
Princess Elisabeth matched her face mask to her pale pink floral dress and wore a trendy headband in a matching shade – to complete the look with gold earrings
Queen Mathilde bandaged the poor with her husband, King Philippe of Belgium – who was wearing a military uniform – when they arrived for the service in St. Gudula Cathedral
Belgian crown princess Elisabeth leaves after attending a religious service (Te Deum) in St. Gudula after removing her face mask
Monday’s figures revealed 187 new cases of coronavirus, up 66 percent from the previous week, raising fears of a second wave in the country.
Princess Elisabeth spent 18 months on board UWC Atlantic College in South Wales before returning to Brussels in March, prior to the government’s closure.
Like students across the country, the Royal is forced to complete her studies remotely and will not return to school.
In recent months she has lived with her parents, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, and her three brothers and sisters in Brussels.
The princess, who will receive her international baccalaureate diploma this summer, will be following a one-year course in social and military sciences at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels this autumn.
Belgian Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Queen Mathile, King Philippe, Crown Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel all wore face masks during the service
The royals attended a public holiday on the national holiday, but there will be no walkabout or public gatherings afterwards
Safety first! Belgian Queen Mathile, King Philippe, Crown Princess Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel arrive to attend a mask service
King Philippe, 60, spent three years in the esteemed institution between 1978 and 1981.
There she learns in depth about the four components of the Belgian defense; Army, Air Force, Navy and Medical.
While at the Laeken Palace, Elizabeth and her siblings Prince Gabriel, 16, Prince Emmanuel, 14, and Princess Eleonore, 12, spent time volunteering.
They showed their support to the Belgian elderly population by calling retirement homes and delivering pastries.
Crown Princess Elisabeth returned to Belgium in March from Wales, after 18 months on board at UWC Atlantic College
Elisabeth’s younger sister, Princess Elenore, has participated in some of her mother’s obligations and has done her best to help Belgium move forward with the pandemic.
Belgium is a relatively young monarchy in Europe, with their first king, Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg, taking the throne in 1831.
Previously, the country was under Dutch rule, but inspired by the recent French Revolution of 1789, the Belgian people rebelled and the Dutch left the country.
Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg was a nobleman with connections to the most distinguished royal families in Europe – including the British royal family, thanks to his marriage to Princess Charlotte of Wales, the only child of George IV, in 1816.
Princess Eleonore, Prince Gabriel, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, King Philippe of Belgium, Princess Eleonore and Prince Emmanuel, with protective masks as a precaution against Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic
Princess Elisabeth looked every inch as a lady-in-waiting in an elegant floral dress, paired with nude pumps and a coral clutch
His ties to European royalty made him a perfect candidate to become king of Belgium under a parliamentary monarchy regime.
The current Belgian national holiday commemorates that King Leopold pledged allegiance to the new Belgian constitution, which established Belgium as a centralized unitary state.
The celebration would initially take place on September 27, the day on which the Dutch troops officially withdraw from Belgian soil.
The crowd would celebrate the event informally every year, but it became an official holiday thanks to a law dated May 27, 1890.