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On the occasion of the Birthday of Queen Mathilde, they released a new photo of the Queen and it says : Thank you for all the birthday wishes!

Bedankt voor uw felicitaties voor mijn verjaardag!
Merci pour vos félicitations à l’occasion de mon anniversaire!

Queen Mathilde was born on 20 January 1973 in Uccle. She is the daughter of the Count and Countess Patrick d’Udekem d’Acoz.

Princess Mathilde went to primary school in Bastogne, followed by secondary school at the “Institut de la Vierge Fidèle” in Brussels. From 1991-1994, she studied to be a speech therapist at the “Institut Libre Marie Haps” in Brussels, graduating magna cum laude.

The Princess set up her own professional speech therapy practice in Brussels, where she worked from 1995 until the end of 1999. At the same time, she began studying for a master’s degree in psychology at the Catholic University of Louvain. She graduated cum laude in 2002.

In May 2002, she was a member of the Belgian delegation at the UN Conference on Children in New York.

Since 2009, Princess Mathilde has been the Honorary President of Unicef Belgium.

The Princess has headed humanitarian missions to Niger together with UNICEF and the Belgian Development Cooperation and to Mali, highlighting children rights, health issues, the empowerment of women, the eradication of poverty and good governance. She also has a special interest in non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardio-vascular and chronic respiratory diseases.

Princess Mathilde has also become a UNICEF and UNAIDS special representative for their world campaign for orphans and other vulnerable children affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. In this capacity, Princess Mathilde visited projects in Tanzania China and Senegal.

Princess Mathilde accepted to become a UN emissary for the International Year of Microcredit 2005 and visited in that capacity projects in China, Mali, India and Washington/USA.

In 2007, the Princess became a member of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.

Besides Dutch and French, the Princess speaks English, Italian and some Spanish.

She makes full use of modern communication tools.

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