H.M. Queen Mathilde of Belgium

 Mathilde of Belgium
  • Queen of Belgium
    Kingdom of Belgium

H.M. the Queen of the Belgians is a former speech therapist and holds an MA in Psychology. She shows great concern for vulnerable persons, particularly children. The "Queen Mathilde Fund" identifies projects likely to improve the situation of vulnerable persons especially young people and awards an annual Prize. Educational and health issues, the empowerment of women, poverty and cutlure are other key areas of her interest. H.M. the Queen is the Honorary President of UNICEF Belgium, Child Focus, The Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium and the King Baudouin Foundation. The Queen accompanies H.M. King Philippe on State visits and other official visits abroad. She heads also humanitarian missions. In 2005, she accepted the mandate of United Nations Envoy for the International Year on Microcredit. She was a UNICEF and UNAIDS Special Representative for their campaign on orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS and was a Special Representative of WHO Europe for immunization. She became an honorary member of the Schwab Foundation Board on social entrepreneurship in 2010 . She is the spouse of H.M. King Philippe, and mother of four children.