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Queen Mathilde of Belgium    

Wife of King Philippe of Belgium; Honorary President of Child Focus & UNICEF Belgium; Humanitarian

Queen Mathilde of Belgium is the wife of King Philippe of Belgium, who ascended the throne in 2013 following the abdication of his father, King Albert II. Queen Mathilde is the first Belgian-born Queen of the Belgians.

Queen Mathilde is well-known for her work as a humanitarian. She is particularly concerned with issues such as education, child poverty, intergenerational poverty, literacy, and the position of women in society. She serves as the honorary president of both Child Focus, a foundation for missing and sexually exploited children, and UNICEF Belgium. She also serves as the World Health Organization’s Special Representative for Immunization.

In 2001, Queen Mathilde set up the Princess Mathilde Fund, now the Queen Mathilde Fund to reflect her title, which promotes the care of vulnerable people and awards an annual prize for good works in a particular sector, which changes every year.

Queen Mathilde was named a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Advocate in 2016, promoting the 2030 Agenda for global sustainable development. In her role as a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, Queen Mathilde is primarily focused on mental health.

Prior to marrying King Philippe in 1999, Queen Mathilde worked as a speech therapist from 1995 to 1999. The King and Queen have four children together.


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