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Philippe of Belgium a prince of hearts


January 18, 2004
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Back on royal duty with the festive season behind him, Crown Prince Philippe visited Frankfurt last week accompanied by his wife, Crown Princess Mathilde.

And as Christmas is now just a memory to the heir to the Belgian throne, he looked like he was set for another special occasion on the calendar – Valentine's Day – as he toured a local textile fair clutching a heart-shaped pillow.

And Philippe and Mathilde certainly seemed to enjoy the outing together in the German city. The princess, wearing an elegant crimson dress and pearl brooch, was sporting a broad smile non-stop as she toured the fabric extravaganza on the arm of her husband.

The past year was certainly one of love and family for the couple, who welcomed their second child, a baby boy, in August. Little Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie joined big sister Elizabeth, who will one day be the country's queen.

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Photo: © Alphapress.com
He wasn't exactly wearing his heart on his sleeve, but Prince Philippe did keep the cuddly pillow close during a Frankfurt visitPhoto: © AFP
Photo: © Alphapress.com
Crown Princess Mathilde holds tight to her husband's arm as they share a laugh at a local textile fair Photo: © AFP

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