Queen Mathilde of Belgium shared a sweet moment with a group of children this afternoon as she read to a classroom of pupils during a school visit.

The Belgian royal, who is married to King Philippe, opted for a daring red leather jacket and sleek black wide-leg trousers as as she visited Groenendaal school in Merksem.

She layered her chic outfit with a dark grey coat and navy scarf amid chilly temperatures, and accessorised with statement gold earrings.

Upon arrival at the school, the royal was greeted by a group of schoolchildren waving Belgian flags – who were also wrapped up warm.

The 50-year-old mother’s visit comes amid the busy week for the Belgian royals in which they have celebrated King Philippe’s 10th year on the throne. 

Queen Mathilde of Belgium delighted primary school children as she joined them for story time this afternoon

Queen Mathilde of Belgium delighted primary school children as she joined them for story time this afternoon 

On Tuesday evening, the Queen glowed in a black dress with a statement sequin bow as she stepped out with her husband to attend a concert.

She wore the fitted floor-length black dress with long sleeves as she arrived at the Royal Band of Guides gala concert at the Palace of Fine Arts in Bozar, Brussels, to celebrate the King’s reign.

Mathilde paired her dress with black pumps, dazzling drop earrings and a black patent clutch bag – and also carried a posy of flowers with her as she walked alongside her husband, who was dressed in military regalia.

The stylish royal wore her hair in a sleek updo, parted at the side and swept away from her face, and opted for a nude lip and a touch of blush.

The Belgian royal, 50, visited Groenendaal school in Merksem, where she was greeted by schoolchildren waving Belgian flags

The Belgian royal, 50, visited Groenendaal school in Merksem, where she was greeted by schoolchildren waving Belgian flags

The children looked engrossed in the book as Mathilde read to them - although perhaps they were unaware they were also in the presence of a royal

The children looked engrossed in the book as Mathilde read to them – although perhaps they were unaware they were also in the presence of a royal

The Queen opted for a daring red leather blazer paired with sleek black wide-leg trousers to visit the school

The Queen opted for a daring red leather blazer paired with sleek black wide-leg trousers to visit the school

Bow-tiful in black! Queen Mathilde of Belgium stunned in a statement black frock as she arrived at the theatre with King Philippe

Bow-tiful in black! Queen Mathilde of Belgium stunned in a statement black frock as she arrived at the theatre with King Philippe

As the royal couple walked into the theatre, they greeted people involved in organising the celebratory concert.

A little girl in a stunning royal blue dress, believed to be performing in the concert, delighted the royals as they were introduced to her and beamed while they chatted to her.

The celebratory concert, marking 10 years since King Philippe ascended the throne, comes as the couple’s daughter, Princess Elisabeth, begins to step up her role as a royal on the international stage.

The Belgian royal opted for a black dress with long sleeves and a statement bow covered in sequins

The Belgian royal opted for a black dress with long sleeves and a statement bow covered in sequins

The King was flanked by his wife as they arrived at the Palace of Fine Arts for the anniversary celebration

The King was flanked by his wife as they arrived at the Palace of Fine Arts for the anniversary celebration

The Queen beamed as she accompanied her husband at the event, held to mark his 10th year on the throne

The Queen beamed as she accompanied her husband at the event, held to mark his 10th year on the throne

The royal couple looked regal as they walked into the theatre, as the Queen carried a posy of white flowers

The royal couple looked regal as they walked into the theatre, as the Queen carried a posy of white flowers

The audience stood for the Belgian national anthem as the performance was about to begin

The audience stood for the Belgian national anthem as the performance was about to begin

As the royal couple met officials and performers in the concert, they were introduced to a young girl dressed in royal blue

As the royal couple met officials and performers in the concert, they were introduced to a young girl dressed in royal blue

Last month, to mark the Princess’s 22nd birthday, official portraits were released to mark the occasion.

Elisabeth put on a typically stylish display as she posed in her new portraits. Elisabeth donned an elegant £795 embroidered mesh top from Dries Van Noten with a pair of black trousers in the snaps, which were shared on Belgian Royal Palace’s official X account (formerly called Twitter). 

Elisabeth smiled as she looked towards the camera in the photographs, wearing a stunning pair of diamond earrings for the occasion.

She opted for a sweep of dark eyeliner across her lids, and a dash of blusher across her cheeks.

Princess Elisabeth will ascend the throne after her father. A change in the law a decade ago made it possible for the eldest child, male or female, to ascend the throne in the country. She will become the country’s first Queen Regent if she takes up the role.

The 22-year-old recently started her third and final year at Oxford University, where she is studying for a bachelor’s degree in history and politics.

Elisabeth is believed to have chosen the course herself, in agreement with her parents, and reportedly consulted with alumni from various universities and made her decision based on what would be most useful to her in her role as queen later in life.

According to Belgian newspaper Le Soir, the princess completed a written entrance exam in history ‘anonymously’ so that her social status would not affect her marks.

Last month Elisabeth was also one of several guests from the new generation of European royals to attend Prince Christian of Denmark’s 18th birthday.

She posed for a stunning photo with the birthday boy, plus three other future European monarchs; Princess Estelle of Sweden, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway and Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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