22 Sep 2013

THE FLYING SAUCER

After Prince Philip became King of Belgium on July 21, 2013, and after his holidays with his wife and the 4 children, King Philip and Queen Mathilde started their "Joyous Entry" in several cities of Belgium. I only had watched one so far, because I also was on holidays and what I watched was the "Joyous Entry" in Mons. As usual they were greeted with great enthusiasm by the population.

A Joyous Entry is a local name used for the royal entry - the first official peaceable visit of a inreigning monarch, prince, duke or governor into a city .The custom began in the Middle Ages and continued until the French Revolution, although less often in Protestant counties after the Reformation. A formal first visit to a city by an inheritor of the throne of Belgium upon his accession and since 1900 for a crown prince upon his marriage, is still referred to as a "Joyous Entry", a reminder of this tradition of the rule of law.



This was the only nice picture of Mathilde when on the fa├žade of the Town Hall, she petted with her husband the Monkey of the Great Guard.  The origin is unknown, but it is now a symbol of the city. Touch his head with your left hand and you will find happiness for at least a year. That's what they did.



After that I could only see the face of King Philip in the crowd and only a half face of Queen Mathilde. It was only a coincidence that our Prime Minister has "Joyous entry" written on his forehead. Maybe it's for an entry of good ideas.



When I only saw a flying saucer instead of a person, I gave up. I thought it really wasn't an appropriate hat to wear for such an occasion. I get the impression that since  she became Queen her hats get bigger and bigger. Before she was mostly hatless or wore little once. After all she has a pretty face and nothing to hide. Or should the flying saucers replace a crown ??

7 comments:

A Lady's Life said...

its nice to see other royalty making the news Hope they petted the head for everyone lol

Linens and Royals said...

That's a good hat, Queen Mathilde can't get lost in the crowd with a flying saucer hat like that.

biebkriebels said...

Yes I agree, when you intermingle in the public, you have to show your face at least.

jabblog said...

I love the idea of a 'Joyous Entry' - it sounds so pleasant.

Loree said...

I love your observations, they are always so funny - especially the one about the prime minister.

Sandra Carlier said...

What an interesting post about the royal family in Belgium! The hat is really big! You're right!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Interesting to read about the long-held tradition. Funny to read your take on it. Nobody wears hats around here and they make me laugh when they're so "grand"...but I am just a small-town western girl, so what do I know about fashion.