Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The queen of cartoons

Queen Mathilde had a day of art in Paris marking two major exhibitions of Belgian culture
(photo MonarchieBe Twitter)

Queen Mathilde went to Paris today for a day of art and ended up starring alongside one of the most famous cartoon characters in the world. TinTin is about as well known a Belgian export as there is and as Mathilde toured two of the most famous galleries in the City of Light, that distinctive quiff was never far from sight. It was all about cartoons for the Queen of the Belgians in Paris.

Mathilde headed to the Grand Palais off the Champs-Elysees in Paris to see a major exhibition of the works of Herge, creator of Tintin and described by some as the father of modern European animation. The Queen of the Belgians looked rather proud as she saw some of his most famous creations hung on the walls and posed happily with Tintin sharing the spotlight.

Mathilde had come straight from another art exhibition, this time at the Centre Pompidou where she saw some of the works of Rene Margitte which have been brought together in a showing that mixes his best known pieces with some rarer creations. And there was a chance for the Belgian queen to pose in front of some of the surrealist artist's best known themes as she stopped conveniently with bowler hatted men over her shoulder.

The Belgian Royal House tweeted the visits with the hashtag #BelgiumisTrendy. The exhibitions, which both began in September and run for several months, have already proved very popular. And given the response Mathilde got as she gave them royal approval today, that hashtag is gaining strength all the time.

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