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.
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When the European Commission was considering forcing foodmakers to limit the creation of cancer-causing agents caused by cooking at high temperatures, one food became a symbol of that fight: the iconic Belgian fry. Those proposals got watered down and in the end, Belgian fry-makers won't have to change a thing. But food-safety advocates warn it's not a win for consumers. Teri Schultz reports.
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.