Belgium's Queen Mathilde in Oman: what the European royal has worn on her GCC trip

The monarch will later head to the the UAE for a visit to Expo 2020 Dubai

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium are in Oman for a three-day trip. They were greeted by Oman's Crown Prince Theyazin bin Haitham, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, and son of Sultan Haitham of Oman, on Wednesday.

For her arrival in Muscat, Queen Mathilde wore a Johanna Ortiz burnt orange and mint green palm-print midi dress with a matching mask. Ortiz is a Colombian designer, known for her use of vibrant colour and prints.

The dress was accessorised with a Christine Bekaert bamboo cuff and matching rust-coloured shoes and a clutch.

Following their arrival, they met Sultan Haitham.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium are in Oman to strengthen relations between the two countries. Photo: Oman News Agency

On Thursday, their first full day in Oman, Queen Mathilde stepped out in a Maison Natan taffeta dress. Sticking with a horticultural theme, the white shirt dress was complete with statement belt and decorated in a pattern of red and green flowers and leaves. She also wore a red pillbox hat with co-ordinated red court shoes and a clutch of the same colour.

Sultan Haitham with King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium during their visit to Oman on February 3, 2022. Oman News Agency

Following their visit to a hydrogen production facility in the town Duqm, the royals visited the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat.

They shared photos of the visit on Instagram, writing in French, Dutch and English: "The day concludes with a visit to the Sultan Qaboos [Grand] Mosque, the most important and largest mosque in Oman."

Queen Mathilde wore a red headscarf and a red and purple print dress by Indian designer Anita Dongre, with an Armani clutch bag and Percossi Papi earrings.

On Friday, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended the official opening of the Port of Duqm. During the ceremony, they unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Queen Mathilde wore a co-ordinated set by Maison Natan. The burgundy and white patterned linen boat-necked top was paired with pleated trousers of the same print and fabric. She accessorised with a burgundy mask and clutch, also by Maison Natan, and Longchamp sunglasses.

The Port of Duqm was officially opened in the presence of the Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde on February 4, 2022. Twitter

The king and queen's visit was announced by Oman's Diwan of Royal Court on Tuesday.

"The visit comes within the framework of the good relations binding the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Belgium and stemming from the keenness of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and King Philippe Leopold Louis Marie of the Belgians in promoting the bilateral relations towards wider horizons in various spheres," the announcement read.

After their three-day visit to Oman, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde are travelling to the UAE, where they will visit Expo 2020 Dubai on Saturday for Belgium's country day celebrations.

"The Belgian Pavilion is one of the main attractions of the Expo," the Belgian royal office said. "It is an example of inclusive, sustainable and circular architecture, including 2,500 local plants that store carbon dioxide and lower indoor temperature."

Next week, the UK's Prince William will be in the UAE to visit Expo 2020 Dubai. The Duke of Cambridge will visit the site for the UK's country day celebrations on Thursday, February 10. He is expected to meet young Emiratis, government leaders and staff from the UK Pavilion on the day.

The prince's visit aims to build on the strong bond between the UK and UAE.

Updated: February 04, 2022, 1:21 PM
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