The Laos visit of Queen Mathilde of Belgium started. First day

Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived at Vientiane Airport in Laos (Lao People's Democratic Republic) on Monday 20 February 2017. Queen Mathilde, honorary President of Unicef Belgium, is on a four days mission in Laos. On the first day of her visit, the Queen met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Female Affairs and the Vice President.
Queen Mathilde, honorary President of Unicef Belgium, is on a four days mission in Laos
Queen Mathilde, honorary President of Unicef Belgium, is on a four days mission in Laos
Queen Mathilde, honorary President of Unicef Belgium, is on a four days mission in Laos
Queen Mathilde, honorary President of Unicef Belgium, is on a four days mission in Laos
Queen Mathilde, honorary President of Unicef Belgium, is on a four days mission in Laos
Queen Mathilde, honorary President of Unicef Belgium, is on a four days mission in Laos
Queen Mathilde, honorary President of Unicef Belgium, is on a four days mission in Laos
Queen Mathilde, honorary President of Unicef Belgium, is on a four days mission in Laos

12 comments:

  1. Nice mission, less nice clothes. Colourful dress isn't so bad but it doesn't suit her, ensemble with pants is very old fashioned, especialy shoes.

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  2. I like the jacket and pants, but not the shoes.
    I find the dress to be a bit "busy" and it seems to be an odd fit, but it's not bad.

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  3. Sorry, Mathilde, but the local ladies' traditional dresses are such gorgeous pieces your wardrobe doesn't stand a chance. Next time maybe! :)

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    1. That is my impression too, ZL! The traditional dresses are so beautiful. ZL, how are you today? Are you fine?

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    2. ZL, you made the point here!

      And again her dress is too short!!

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    3. Thank you, Coralie, I'm doing quite well & I'm in great spirits these last two days. I feel very optimistic, like nothing could stop me from a full recovery by the end of the year! And I so love national costumes, these Laotian ones really made my day! I hope you are fine too! :)

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    4. ZL, it is good to hear that from you. You WILL recover completely . All the good wishes of all the ladies here are with you!

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  4. Is it naive of me to ask what do those visits really accomplish?

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    1. It isn't, Lizzie! I too often ask myself the same. I guess the media outlets report about these visits and the reports are supposed to help the rich and compassionate citizens of socially sensible (=richer) countries remember that there still are less fortunate and less developed countries with major issues out there in this Planet. I totally get it to some extent and I totally don't get it and consider it a shameful waste of money in a lot of cases. I honestly think there's no common sense in Unicef and other charitable entities financing neither superrich spoilt celebrities' (a la Angelina Jolie) nor Hollywood Z-listers' (a la the nouveau notorieté Meghan Markle) exotic trips with photo opportunities with cute black children. Well, at least AJ is a worldwide known star so people pay attention to what she does and where she goes so I give her a pass but the second name I dropped is the perfect example when someone uses a charity to boost his/her image and I find that a disgusting hypocrisy. Senior/full time royals play in a different league since this is their duty, their job in modern monarchies.
      But maybe I'm wrong and right now just too sensible when I see something that is not crystal clear and without any controversy :)

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    2. Totally agree with your assessment of miss Markle's 'do good' exotic trips that actually don't seem to have a purpose other than showing off. I think that people who are famous because of their relationship, kinship, or association with someone famous are not deserving of any particular attention. I like Mathilde, she's a hard working person doing a good job in, as you state, a modern monarchy, whose role is merely representative, but still don't see the benefit of this kind of visit.

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    3. I almost said 'Miss Marple'

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