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.
Belgian fries, whose preparation can lead to high levels of possibly cancer-causing acrylamide, will not be subject to new EU restrictions. But food safety advocates say the risk can be avoided without harming flavor.
Originally, Dutch authorities insisted their eggs contained harmless levels of the insecticide Fipronil. Now, they're coming clean following tests, saying the eggs could be harmful to human health, forcing farmers to destroy their now-worthless eggs.
Belgium's agriculture minister has accused Dutch authorities of keeping reports of Fipronil use a secret. The allegations come after Belgian officials admitted they knew back in June that eggs had been contaminated.
Britain and Belgium's royals, along with German top diplomat Sigmar Gabriel, have commemorated the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Over half a million soldiers were killed in one of World War I's worst battles.
A year after Turkey's failed coup, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is continuing his purges, accusations and arrests. For some former Turkish military officers caught abroad, their homeland may never be "home" again.
Home favorite Marcel Kittel claimed victory on the second day of the Tour de France, as the race passed through Germany and Belgium. Fellow German rider Andre Greipel wasn't far behind, crossing the line in third.