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Belgium’s royal family attend church service to celebrate Belgian National Day in Brussels 

The Belgium royal family led the country’s National Day celebrations as they arrived at a church service in Brussels today. 

Queen Mathilde, 46, coordinated a red lace dress with a matching hat as she headed to the Sainte-Gudula cathedral. 

The mother-of-four accessorised with a purse and belt in the same colour, while a pair of bright red leather gloves complimented the outfit perfectly.

The royal family of Belgium dazzled today during the celebrations of the Belgian National Day in Brussels: Left to right: Prince Gabriel, 15, Princess Elizabeth, 17, Queen Mathilde, 46, King Philippe, 59 Prince Emmanuel, 13 and Princess Eléonore, 11

Queen Mathilde, Princess Eléonore, and Prince Gabriel stopped to speak to wekk-wishers and take some pictures

Queen Mathilde, Princess Eléonore, and Prince Gabriel stopped to speak to wekk-wishers and take some pictures 

One royal fan did not shy away from taking a selfie with the young princess, who looked poised and graceful

One royal fan did not shy away from taking a selfie with the young princess, who looked poised and graceful 

She was joined by husband King Philippe, 59, and their four children, Princess Elizabeth, 17, Prince Gabriel, 15, Prince Emmanuel, 13 and Princess Eléonore, 11. 

Looking as stylish as ever, Mathilde opted for heels in a shade lighter than her ensemble and wore her blonde hair in a neat up-to.

She kept her makeup natural with with just a dash of eyeliner to underline her blue eyes.  

But she wasn’t the only one wearing her Sunday best as King Philippe, who is the commander in chief of the Belgian army, and has served in the forces before ascending to the throne, donned his smart navy army uniform.

The royal family looked straight ahead as they sat front row during the religious celebration known as The Deum. 

The children, who quietly sat down on each of their parents’ side in the cathedral, appeared to be on their best behaviour during the ceremony.  

Queen Mathilde, 46, and King Philippe of Belgium, 59 (pictured) attended a church service in Brussels to mark Belgian National Day

Queen Mathilde, 46, and King Philippe of Belgium, 59 (pictured) attended a church service in Brussels to mark Belgian National Day 

The Belgian royals were accompanied by their children as they sat front row during the religious celebration known as The Deum. Pictured from left to right: Princess Eléonore, 11, Prince Gabriel Gabriel, 15, Queen Mathilde, King Philippe, Princess Elizabeth, 17 and Prince Emmanuel, 13

The Belgian royals were accompanied by their children as they sat front row during the religious celebration known as The Deum. Pictured from left to right: Princess Eléonore, 11, Prince Gabriel Gabriel, 15, Queen Mathilde, King Philippe, Princess Elizabeth, 17 and Prince Emmanuel, 13

The Belgian royals seemed in good spirits as they exited the cathedral, smiling and posing with well-wishers.   

Belgium is a relatively young monarchy in Europe, with their first king, Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg, rising to the throne in 1831.  

King Philippe arrived at Sainte Gudele Cathedral this morning wearing his army uniform and sporting his sword

King Philippe arrived at Sainte Gudele Cathedral this morning wearing his army uniform and sporting his sword  

Queen Mathilde wore a beautiful laced dress in coral red, with matching hat and clutch bag, and bright red leather gloves

Queen Mathilde wore a beautiful laced dress in coral red, with matching hat and clutch bag, and bright red leather gloves

The royal family looked in good spirits as they made their way to the cathedral in their Sunday bests this morning. Pictured from left to right: Queen Mathilde, King Philippe, Princess Elizabeth, 17 and Prince Emmanuel, 13

The royal family looked in good spirits as they made their way to the cathedral in their Sunday bests this morning. Pictured from left to right: Queen Mathilde, King Philippe, Princess Elizabeth, 17 and Prince Emmanuel, 13

Before then, the country was under the Netherlands’ rule, but inspired by the recent French Revolution of 1789, the Belgian people rebelled and booted the Dutch out of the country. 

Leopold of Saxe-Cobourg was a nobleman with connections with the most prominent royal families of Europe – including with the British royal family, thanks to his marriage to Princess Charlotte of Wales, the only child of George IV, in 1816.  

Princess Eléonore and Queen Mathilde received cards, gifts, and flowers as they greeted weel-wishers

Princess Eléonore and Queen Mathilde received cards, gifts, and flowers as they greeted weel-wishers 

This lady seemed particularly excited to meet the Queen and shook her hand warmly when she walked past

This lady seemed particularly excited to meet the Queen and shook her hand warmly when she walked past 

Princess Elizabeth, 17, and her younger brother Prince Emmanuel, quietly followed their parents into the church

Princess Elizabeth, 17, and her younger brother Prince Emmanuel, quietly followed their parents into the church 

Happy national day! Belgian National Day commemorates the beginning of the first Belgian monarchy on July 21 1831. Pictured, Prince Gabriel Gabriel, 15, Queen Mathilde, King Philippe, Princess Elizabeth, 17 and Princess Eléonore, 11

Happy national day! Belgian National Day commemorates the beginning of the first Belgian monarchy on July 21 1831. Pictured, Prince Gabriel Gabriel, 15, Queen Mathilde, King Philippe, Princess Elizabeth, 17 and Princess Eléonore, 11

After the ceremony, King Philippe was greeted by well-wishers who handed flowers and gifts to him and his children

After the ceremony, King Philippe was greeted by well-wishers who handed flowers and gifts to him and his children 

Prince Emmanuel and Princess Elizabeth (pictured) posed for pictures with their father this morning

Prince Emmanuel and Princess Elizabeth (pictured) posed for pictures with their father this morning 

His ties with European royalty made him a perfect candidate to become King of Belgium under a parliamentary monarchy regime. 

The present Belgian National Day commemorates King Leopold pledged allegiance to the new Belgian Constitution, which established Belgium as a centralised unitary state. 

The celebration would initially take place on 27 September, the day marking the official withdrawal of Dutch forces from Belgian soil. 

Crowds would informally celebrate the event each year, but it became an official public holiday thanks to a law dated from 27 May 1890.

Sunday bests: While their father donned his navy army uniform, Princess Elizabeth wore a lovely dress with long sleeves and floral print and Prince Emmanuel looked dapper in his suit

Sunday bests: While their father donned his navy army uniform, Princess Elizabeth wore a lovely dress with long sleeves and floral print and Prince Emmanuel looked dapper in his suit 

A wave for the people: Queen Mathilde seemed relaxed as the family exited the cathedral after the service

A wave for the people: Queen Mathilde seemed relaxed as the family exited the cathedral after the service 

All smiles: King Philippe took time to shake the hand of one eager well-wisher following the church service

All smiles: King Philippe took time to shake the hand of one eager well-wisher following the church service 

Princess Elizabeth exchanged a playful look with her father as the royals met with some of their subjects

Princess Elizabeth exchanged a playful look with her father as the royals met with some of their subjects 

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