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Then heir to the Belgian throne, Crown Prince Philippe found his perfect match in Belgian aristocrat Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz, who had been born into nobility as the daughter of Count Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz and Anna Maria Komorowska, a countess in her own right and daughter of a Polish princess. Mathilde, who was a talented student as she grew up and eventually became a speech therapist with her own practice in Brussels, met the future king while playing tennis in 1996. The pair kept their relationship a secret – it was a bombshell announcement when they made their engagement public three years later. 

The couple tied the knot on December 4, 1999, when Mathilde became Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant and also the first Belgian-born future queen consort. With royals and dignitaries from around the world invited to the ceremony, held at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels, the occasion was the quintessential winter wedding, with the page boys and flowergirls dressed in festive – and warm! – red velvet ensembles.

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Then the heir to the Belgian throne, Crown Prince Philippe found his perfect match in aristocrat Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz, and the couple's royal wedding was held on December 4, 1999.

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