Queen of Belgium
Mathilde Marie-Christine Ghislaine d'Udekem d'Acoz was born into nobility on January 20, 1973. Her grandfather and her uncle were barons and her father was Count Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz. Mathilde grew up at the family estate, Losange Castle in Villers-la-Bonne-Eau, Bastogne. Upon her marriage to Prince Philippe of Belgium, the Duke of Brabant in 1999, King Albert II of the Belgians elevated the family d'Udekem d'Acoz from the baronial to the comital rank, hereditary in the male lineage. Upon the accession of her husband, Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant to the throne of Belgium she became the first Belgian queen consort of native Belgian nationality. The couple has four children.
With a myriad of hairline cracks in the reactor pressure vessels, Germany is convinced that Belgium's Tihange 2 nuclear reactor is a huge security risk. Now, however, it appears Germany is helping secure its operation.
Defiance and remembrance were the order of the day in Belgium on Wednesday as the country marked one year since triple suicide bombings destroyed part of Brussels airport and a metro station, killing 32 people and wounding hundreds. Teri Schultz followed the ceremonies where many people were still in mourning, while others felt lucky to be there.
The city's physical scars may have healed, but the pain is still just beneath the surface. Survivors of the attack attended the unveiling of a new stainless steel memorial near the European Union's headquarters. Moments of silence were held at Brussels international airport and at the Maelbeek metro station.