Belgiums King Philippe holds Queen Mathilde hand as they navigate ancient Greek ruins

Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were pictured holding hands on Tuesday during the second day of their three-day visit to Greece.

The day was spent focussing on the archaeological collaborations between the two nations, with a visit to the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio.

For the outing Queen Mathilde, 49, showed looked elegant in a smart blue and white belted dress and a large woven hat as she aimed to keep the Greek sun at bay. She completed her ensemble with cream heels and a matching clutch bag.

King Philippe, 62, helped his wife cross the uneven ground by holding her hand.


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The King and Queen were joined at the temple by the Greek Minister of Culture to look out over the peninsula, with views including the sea routes to Athens, the port of Piraeus and the Temple of Poseidon.

This state visit is the second time Belgium has visited Greece, and is the first official trip for the country since the Covid lockdowns.

On Monday King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were welcomed to Greece by the President and Prime Minister, as the visit aims to improve relations between the two countries.

The couple have also been joined by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, and Minister-Presidents of Communities and Regions on their visit.

On their first day in Greece, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were awarded the honorary decoration of the Order of the Redeemer by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.


This medal is traditionally awarded to Greek citizens who have preserved the interests of Greece during conflict or have accomplished exceptional social services in Greece or abroad, but can also be awarded to individuals who are not citizens of Greece.

While President Sakellaropoulou received Belgium's highest honour of the Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold, which is given to heads of state and other notable individuals.

The President’s partner Pavlos Kotsonis was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown, Belgium's second-highest decoration.

Queen Mathilde married then-Prince Philippe in 1999 in Brussels. She became the first native-born Belgian Queen after her husband ascended to the throne in 2013.

The couple have four children, Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore.

Princess Elisabeth, the couple's eldest child, is the first in line to the throne and ahead of her younger brothers and sister, who are second, third, and fourth in line to succeed, owing to a change in Belgian succession laws in 1991.

Phillipe is a distant relative of The Queen and has the last name Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, which was used by the British Royal family until 1917.

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