Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde pose for castle photoshoot

Belgium’s King Philippe is joined by Queen Mathilde and their young Princes and Princesses as the royals pose for photos on visit to 12th century Villers Abbey

  • Belgian Royals posed for formal shots and took their own pictures at the abbey
  • Royal couple joined by Gabriel, 14, Emmanuel, 12, Elisabeth, 16 and Eleonore, 10 
  • Princes and princesses beamed as they took their own shots on a tablet

The Belgian King and Queen took their four children to a stunning 12th century abbey for their latest family photoshoot.

King Philippe, 58, and Queen Mathilde, 45 cut a more casual figure than usual as they toured Villers Abbey in Belgium this week.

They were joined by their children Princess Elisabeth, 16, Prince Gabriel, 14, Prince Emmanuel, 12, and Princess Eleonore, 10 as they smiled for the camera.

The young royals were also spotted taking their own shots of the impressive scenery as they played with their tablet computers.

King Philippe of Belgium and his wife Queen Mathilde were joined at Villers Abbey in Belgium by their children Princess Elisabeth, 16 (second left) Prince Gabriel, 14 (right) Prince Emmanuel, 12 (second right) and Princess Eleonore, 10, (far left) 

The Belgian King and Queen (pictured) took their four children to the stunning 12th century abbey for their latest family photoshoot

The young royals were also spotted taking their own shots of the impressive scenery as they played with their tablet computers


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King Philippe opted for a woven blazer and chino trousers, while his wife wore a pair of wide-leg printed trousers and a flowing cream blouse.

Their children looked suitably smart, with the youngest royal, Eleonore the only one in a dress.

They wandered around the grounds of the Abbaye de Villers, pausing for group shots along the way.

The abbey was founded in the 12th Century, under the aegis of Saint Bernard. 

They wandered around the grounds of the Abbaye de Villers, pausing for group shots along the way

Their children looked suitably smart, with the youngest royal, Eleonore (right) the only one in a dress

Candid: The Belgian Royals are pictured posing for a family photoshoot at Villers Abbey 

From afar: The Belgian Royal photographer catches them looking at statues around the abbey

Sightseeing: The Belgian prince and princesses wander around Villers Abbey in Belgium 

The Royal couple were last spotted in purple at a state dinner at Belgium’s Castle of Laeken this week.

Queen Mathilde wore a full-length lilac ball gown with pleated detail for the banquet, while her husband marked the occasion with a purple sash.

King Philippe posed for a selfie with his national football team before the start of the World Cup this month, smiling with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany.

The good luck selfie appears to have worked so far with Belgium in the last 16, as they prepare to face Japan tomorrow.    

King Philippe (right) opted for a woven blazer and chino trousers, while his wife (centre with daughter Eleonore) wore a pair of wide-leg printed trousers and a flowing cream blouse

Budding photographer: Princes Eleanore, 10, is helped by her mother taking a picture of the abbey with her tablet computer 

Prince Gabriel and Emmanuel are pictured looking out onto the abbey, which was founded in the 12th Century, under the aegis of Saint Bernard

Picture perfect: King Philippe and Queen Mathilde smile for the camera as their children accompany them on a tour of the abbey 

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