Queen Mathilde of Belgium joins King Philippe at a Christmas market

Queen Mathilde of Belgium enjoys a beverage as she joins King Philippe at a Christmas market in Germany

  • Queen Mathilde and King Philippe attended a Christmas market in Germany
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Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde got into the festive spirit this evening and enjoyed a Christmas market together. 

The happy couple visited the festive stalls at the Frauenkirche in Dresden, where they soaked up the vibrant Christmas atmosphere.

For the fun-filled trip, Philippe, 63, and Mathilde, 50, were joined by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer. The group were photographed enjoying a festive drink together.

Mathilde appeared to be in great spirits as she held up her tea cup with a broad smile across her face.

The mother-of-four cut an elegant figure for the occasion and donned a mid-length red dress. 

Queen Mathilde of Belgium (pictured) put on an elegant display as she visited a Christmas market in Dresden, eastern Germany, today

Mathilde coordinated the brightly coloured dress with a matching hat in a similarly bright shade.

Dressing for the cold weather, she added a caramel-coloured cape with a fur trim lining and a practical pair of leather gloves.

Meanwhile, King Philippe looked dapper in a warm black overcoat, which he matched with a gold patterned scarf. 

The area is renowned for its spectacular Christmas markets, where merry-goers can expect to experience a range of stalls selling pottery, glass ornaments, and Vogtland lace, according to the market’s website.

It comes after Mathilde glowed in a black dress with a statement sequin bow as she stepped out with King Philippe to attend a concert.

The Belgian royal wore the fitted floor-length black dress with long sleeves as she arrived at the Royal Band of Guides gala concert at the Palace of Fine Arts in Bozar, Brussels.

The event was held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of King Philippe’s reign.

The 50-year-old royal looked radiant as she enjoyed all that the German Christmas market had to offer 

King Philippe of Belgium (second left) and Queen Mathilde of Belgium (left) toasted with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (right) and the German President’s wife Elke Buedenbender (centre)

Mathilde was joined by the wife of the president of Germany, Elke Büdenbender (pictured left), and Annett Hofmann (pictured right), the wife of the Minister of Saxony 

The group enjoyed a festive beverage and cake during their visit to the Christmas market in Dresden 

Mathilde paired her dress with black pumps, dazzling drop earrings and a black patent clutch bag – and also carried a posy of flowers with her as she walked alongside her husband, who was dressed in military regalia.

The stylish royal wore her hair in a sleek updo, parted at the side and swept away from her face, and opted for a nude lip and a touch of blush.

As the royal couple walked into the theatre, they greeted people involved in organising the celebratory concert.

A little girl in a stunning royal blue dress, believed to be performing in the concert, delighted the royals as they were introduced to her and beamed while they chatted to her.

The celebratory concert, marking 10 years since King Philippe ascended the throne, comes as the couple’s daughter, Princess Elisabeth, begins to step up her role as a royal on the international stage.

The group seemed to get on very well with one another, and were photographed having a laugh 

The Belgian royals enjoyed all that the Christmas market had to offer – including the food and drink 

The Belgian monarch appeared focused while watching a craftsman work at his stall in the Dresden Christmas market 

In October this year, to mark the Princess’s 22nd birthday, official portraits were released to mark the occasion.

Elisabeth put on a typically stylish display as she posed in her new portraits. Elisabeth donned an elegant £795 embroidered mesh top from Dries Van Noten with a pair of black trousers in the snaps, which were shared on Belgian Royal Palace’s official X account (formerly called Twitter).

Elisabeth smiled as she looked towards the camera in the photographs, wearing a stunning pair of diamond earrings for the occasion.

She opted for a sweep of dark eyeliner across her lids, and a dash of blusher across her cheeks.

Princess Elisabeth will ascend the throne after her father. A change in the law a decade ago made it possible for the eldest child, male or female, to ascend the throne in the country. She will become the country’s first Queen Regent if she takes up the role.

The 50-year-old chatted with Elke Büdenbender as they toured the Christmas market stalls today 

The pair seemed particularly fascinated by one food stall, and appeared to order something 

Mathilde opted for a natural makeup look for the occasion, complete with a nude lip and a touch of blusher 

The royal mother-of-four closely observed what each stall had to offer at the annual festive market

The 22-year-old recently started her third and final year at Oxford University, where she is studying for a bachelor’s degree in history and politics.

Elisabeth is believed to have chosen the course herself, in agreement with her parents, and reportedly consulted with alumni from various universities and made her decision based on what would be most useful to her in her role as queen later in life.

According to Belgian newspaper Le Soir, the princess completed a written entrance exam in history ‘anonymously’ so that her social status would not affect her marks.

Last month Elisabeth was also one of several guests from the new generation of European royals to attend Prince Christian of Denmark’s 18th birthday.

She posed for a stunning photo with the birthday boy, plus three other future European monarchs; Princess Estelle of Sweden, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway and Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands.

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