Crown Princess Mathilde gently cradles her son, two-month-old Prince Gabriel, at his christening on Saturday
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Mathilde's first child, two-year-old Princess Elisabeth, sits quietly next to her mum, dad and baby brother
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27 OCTOBER 2003
The Belgian royal family celebrated a landmark moment in the life of their latest addition, two-month-old Prince Gabriel, on Saturday, attending the infant's baptism in Ciergnon.

Crown Prince Philippe cradled his young son during the religious ceremony, while his wife Crown Princess Mathilde, elegant in a pink jacket, dark skirt and stylish over-the-knee boots, gently held him for the moment of baptism. Prince Gabriel, who slept during much of the proceedings, remained the picture of tranquillity as Cardinal Godfried Daneels performed the honours.

It was a day of double celebrations for the Belgian royals, as Prince Gabriel's sister Princess Elisabeth, who was as serene as her baby brother during the christening, turned two on Saturday. Dressed in a similar hue as her mum, the blonde-haired toddler, who will one day be queen, sat quietly alongside her mother as Gabriel took centre stage.

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