On Friday, Queen Mathilde will celebrate her 50th birthday with a special programme that will air on VTM and RTL-TVI. Viewers will see her speaking with Belgian mental health professionals, an issue she has been working on since July 2022.
"Mathilde: in the footsteps of a dedicated queen" will air at 19:50 on Friday and will show the various walking and cycling tours she undertook all over Belgium's provinces. She was accompanied not just by mental health experts, but also by the disabled and visually impaired.
The Queen's aim is to remind Belgians of the importance of mental well-being, noting that she "wanted to use the occasion of my 50th birthday to emphasise this message... After all, can anyone truly say they are not susceptible to mental health challenges?"
Furthermore, Queen Mathilde will offer rare insights into her life and how it has changed since her marriage to King Philippe in 1999.
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The daughter of a Belgian count and Polish countess, Mathilde met the future King through her older sister Marie-Alix d'Udekem d'Acoz, who died in a car accident in 1997.
She had originally trained to be a speech therapist but stopped working after her royal wedding and subsequent births of her four children: the current heir to the throne Élisabeth and her siblings Gabriel, Emmanuel, and Éléonore.