4 MAY 2005

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Hard working Belgian royals Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde showed there's always room for little gestures of affection even while carrying out official duties.

The couple were attending an official awards ceremony in Brussels when the crown prince shared an intimate moment with his pregnant wife, putting his arm around her and whispering in her ear.

Mathilde is expecting her third child - a sibling for three-year-old Princess Elisabeth, who is second in line to the throne, and her 20-month-old brother Prince Gabriel in October.

She and Philippe were on hand at the Royal Palace in Brussels to see Malian minister Ousmane Sy receive this year's King Baudouin International Development prize.

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The Belgian crown prince takes time out for a tender moment with Mathilde
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