Photo of the week: Holding court


One royal house visited another this week, as Queen Mathilde took a tour of The Arenbergs exhibition at Leuven’s M Museum

Right at home

Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited the M Museum in Leuven this week to see The Arenbergs, an exhibition dedicated to one of the most powerful families in European history. The House of Arenberg was established in Leuven in the 16th century, and its nobles went on to become the most wealthy and influential of the Habsburg Netherlands.

Mathilde, born in Brussels into the House of D’Udekem, seemed right at home among the exhibition’s paintings, fashion and tapestries. The Arenbergs covers the history of the family and its impact on modern-day Belgium, as well as its vast collection of art and cultural objects.

It was a spot of cheer in an otherwise challenging week for the royals: Former King Albert II, Mathilde’s father-in-law, was ordered by a court to provide a DNA sample to determine once and for all if he is the biological father of Brussels artist Delphine Boël.

Photo: Jasper Jacobs/BELGA