4 Dec. 1999
Brussels, Belgium - Kingdom of
Belgium's Prince Philippe (L) and Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz cross themselves as they arrive at the altar for their religious wedding ceremony at Brussels Saint Michel Cathedrall December 4. The couple married in a civil ceremony on Saturday, taking their wedding vows in the three languages of this linguistically divided country. The 39-year-old future king and Mathilde, who is 13 years his junior, married first in the gothic Town Hall on Brussels's medieval Grand Place, in a ceremony conducted in French, Dutch and German. The couple then went on to the recently restored Cathedral St Michel for a religious ceremony.