Brussels, December 4th 1999: Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz (born on January 20, 1973) and HRH Prince Philippe The Duke of Brabant (born April 15, 1960) met in 1996 during a game of tennis. Mathilde was studiying at L'Universite Catholique de Louvin at the time.
The engagement was announced on September 13th 1999
Mathilde and Philippe have three children:
- Princess Elisabeth (October 25, 2001)
- Prince Gabriel (August 20, 2003)
- Prince Emmanuel (October 4, 2005)