4 Dec. 1999
Brussels, Belgium - Kingdom of
Belgium's Prince Philippe (R) and his new wife Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz leave the Brussels Saint Michel cathedral after their religious wedding ceremony December 4. The couple, married in a civil ceremony earlier on Saturday, took 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. ]This is to be the last royal wedding of the century.